Migrating from Pakistan to Greece: Re-visiting Agency in Times of Crisis

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This paper focuses on migration from Pakistan to Greece in an attempt to uncover the dynamics of the regulation of irregular migration (and asylum-seeking) in Greece. It examines the factors, policies, and actors that influence the plans, actions, and decisions Pakistanis make before leaving their country and when arriving in Greece. After setting the background against which Pakistanis enter and settle in the country, we trace these migrants’ decision-making process throughout their movement based on a series of qualitative interviews. While a variety of actors and factors are at play in the way people move from the one country to the other, masculinity emerges as the framework within which these come together.

Migrating from Pakistan to Greece: Re-visiting Agency in Times of Crisis

in European Journal of Migration and Law



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For an exception see Dimitriadi (2013).


In early 2013a young Pakistani national Shehzad Luqman was murdered allegedly due to racist motivations. A few months later a member of the far-right Golden Dawn party was charged with the murder of Pavlos Fyssas a Greek anti-fascist musician: many interviewees lamented the fact that it took the murder of a Greek for police and justice to finally react to the far-right violence.



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