This Occasional Paper co-authored with Khalid Koser is the first of two Occasional Papers to be published from the Understanding Irregular Migrants Decision Making Factors in Transit Study. The purpose of this Occasional Paper is to better understand how migrants in transit make decisions about whether to stay, move onwards or return. The term ‘transit’ is ill-defined in the academic literature. In this study, it refers to Greece and Turkey as countries from which the potential for onward migration is significant. This is relevant for three reasons. First, it can help inform policies intended to support populations in transit including their eventual settlement in transit countries, or facilitate return. Second, it can help understand the experiences of migrants in transit: their number is growing worldwide but they represent a significant gap in knowledge. Third, at a more conceptual level, it is worthwhile to elicit differences between migrant decision making in countries of origin, destination, and transit.
The Occasional Paper can be accessed here.