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Friday, 30 October 2015 - Press

New Publication “Voluntary Return of Refugees: Chances for Peace and Sustainable Development?”

By the end of 2014, 6.4 million refugees found themselves in protracted situations that have been in place for over five years, and numbers are rising. Could return be a solution to these protracted situations? In BICC Policy Brief 3\2015 Heidrun Bohnet and Markus Rudolf point out what issues should not be overlooked in the process of return as a possible solution for situations of protracted forced displacement.

Photo: Markus Rudolf

Civil wars, such as in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, are a central trigger for refugee movements. Numerous people from these areas are currently looking for refuge in Germany and Europe.

As for many of these wars, no immediate solution is in sight, many refugees worldwide find themselves in protracted situations that have been in place for over five years, and numbers are rising. The most prominent situations of protracted forced displacement are found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Myanmar, Colombia and Somalia. To not prolong these situations of protracted forced displacement, they need to be addressed and solutions for them have to be found. The failure to address situations of protracted forced displacement may undermine the stability of peace.

Return could be one solution to these protracted situations. However, what incorporates return? How can return be a solution and be successful? BICC Policy Brief 3\2015 provides some first answers to these questions and points out what issues should not be overlooked in the process of return as a solution for situations of protracted forced displacement.

"Freiwillige Rückkehr von Flüchtlingen: Chancen für Frieden und nachhaltige Entwicklung?", pdf (in German)

"Voluntary Return of Refugees: Chances for Peace and Sustainable Development?", pdf (in English)

Press release, pdf (in German)