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Trajectories of reintegration: The impacts of forced displacement, migration and return on social change

 

The qualitative research project “Trajectories of reintegration: The impacts of displacement, migration and return on social change” is planned to last for three years. It provides a long-term investigation of the living conditions of returnees against the background of the socio-political context in the countries of origin, transit and in the receiving countries, demographic characteristics (e.g. level of education, social-cultural background, social status, age and gender, resources, networks of returnees and duration of stay in the receiving countries) as well as different framework conditions in the context of reintegration (e.g. stage of conflict, reconstruction, perspectives).  To this end, we compare (a) voluntarily repatriated displaced persons and migrants in the context of reintegration programmes and (b) displaced persons and migrants who have organised their return themselves. 

Our analysis will be based on primary data to be collected during several months of field research and statistics provided by international organisations.  The literature available so far shows that there is—from a medium- and long-term perspective—no comparable and sufficiently detailed knowledge about the living conditions of returnees in their countries of origin.  The overall objective of our qualitative comparative analysis of long-term reintegration in different contexts is, thus, to generate empirical knowledge on the sustainability of these processes and to create a fact-based foundation for the development of guidelines for respective development cooperation initiatives.

This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of its Special Initiative “Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees”.

Funded by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Duration of project

since 2019