Introduction: Delineating the Linkages

  • Angeliki Dimitriadi
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Focusing on categories and distinctions, the aim of the chapter is to understand the current concepts and issues informing the discussion around Afghan migration as well as Greece, the two subjects of this book. Who is a migrant and who is a refugee and does the distinction matter? The main concepts discussed are mixed migratory flows, the unclear line between migration and asylum as well as transit migration as a sufficient category to discuss Afghan migration. Transit migration, the role of transit states like Turkey and Greece and the current state of the European Union (EU) in response to irregular arrivals reaching its external borders, are also discussed setting the framework in which Afghan migration takes place.


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