"This research investigates adaptation processes among temporary migrant workers. Migration is viewed as a developmental transition during which the migrant repositions himself, in order to occupy ""a space of identity"" that is both psychologically and socially acceptable to him. Adaptation was defined through social and spatial practices in the host city, social positioning with regard to values allowing for an understanding of the stay, and perception of the life course over the migration period. The investigation was carried out among 225 domestic helpers from the Philippines in Hong Kong. Results bring different adaptation strategies to light within the migrant community. Mobilization of community resources and settings, achievement of a sense of place, and questioning of actual or future life conditions, are viewed as comprehensive indicators of adaptation in temporary migration."