Labour Migration and other Forms of Mobility Between Bulgaria and Greece: The Evolution of a Cross-Border Migration System

Panos Hatziprokopiou, Eugenia Markova

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This chapter presents an overview of the Greek-Bulgarian migration system, focusing particularly on aspects of Bulgarian migration to Greece. Although largely empirical, the account is set within the broader transnational context of mobility between the two countries. This appears to be shaped primarily by geographical proximity and is dominated by labour migration from Bulgaria to Greece. However, it is also increasingly characterized by a constant ‘back-and-forth’ movement of people, as well as of goods, services, and money—in both directions. A turning -point in the evolution of this context has been Bulgaria’s EU accession in 2007, which liberalized mobility—potentially diverting the course of population flows towards more advanced European countries—while also reconfiguring not only Bulgaria’s but also Greece’s borders and geographical position in both the Balkans and Europe. Indeed, for the first time Greece is now connected to the EU by land. Within this context, the chapter explores Bulgarian-Greek migration patterns and other cross-border movements and investigates the relevance of circular migration and its developmental potential. Thus, the Greek-Bulgarian case could be evaluated in the light of recent developments in academic and policy discourses on the benefits of circular migration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration in the southern Balkans: From Ottoman Territory to Globalized Nation States
EditorsH. Vermeulen, M. Martin Baldwin-Edwards, R. Van Boeschoten
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9783319137186
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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NameImiscoe Research Series

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