MIGNEX Background Paper

Comparative experiences of transit migration management


This paper engages critically with the concept of transit migration and identifies key patterns of transit migration management at global, regional and country level. Through comparative analysis it examines the transit migration routes and policies of four MIGNEX countries; namely, Turkey, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Pakistan

Key takeaways
As a term, ‘transit migration’ is criticised due to its analytical shortcomings, Eurocentric origins and political implications for migrants as well as for countries associated with transit
The dynamics of transit migration management can be observed in various routes to popular destinations such as the US, Australia and Europe.
Transit migration management operates within different policy contexts. These differences should be analysed with reference to their contextual nuances.