Return Migration to Afghanistan

Moving Back or Moving Forward?

  • Marieke van Houte

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 195-237

About this book


This book overcomes the dichotomies, generalizations and empirical shortcomings that surround the understanding of return migration within the migration–development–peace-building nexus. Using the concept of multidimensional embeddedness, it provides an encompassing view of returnees’ identification with and participation in one or multiple spaces of belonging. It introduces Afghan return migration from Europe as a relevant case study, since the country’s protracted history of conflict and migration shows how the globally changing political discourses of recent decades have shaped migration strategies. The author’s findings highlight the fact that policy is responding inadequately to complex issues of migration, conflict, development and return, since the expectations on which it is based only account for a small minority of returnees. This thought-provoking book will appeal to scholars of migration and refugee studies, as well as a wider audience of sociologists, anthropologists, demographers and policy makers. 


Globalization Mobility Immobility Voluntary Involuntary Europe Human dynamics Belonging

Authors and affiliations

  • Marieke van Houte
    • 1
  1. 1.International Migration Institute Department of International DevelopmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40774-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40775-3
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