Refugee Girls and Boys and the Dilemmas of (Un)Sustainable Return to South Sudan

  • Marisa O. Ensor


This chapter discusses the repatriation, reintegration, and renewed forced displacement experienced by the young population of South Sudan in response to the successive episodes of political violence that continue to ravage their country. It focuses on the role played by displaced young girls and boys as they find themselves differentially situated vis-à-vis the various determinants of conflict-induced mobility. The research revealed that, even before the most recent resurgence of conflict, intergenerational tensions were deepening owing to many displaced youngsters’ aspirations to a “modern”—often meaning urban—way of life perceived as incompatible with traditional livelihoods and social relations. Recent events highlight the need to revisit the traditional notions of repatriation as a durable solution, and to address more adequately gendered and intergenerational differences regarding reintegration needs and aspirations.


Violent Conflict Peace Agreement Durable Solution International Crisis Group Reintegration Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisa O. Ensor
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  1. 1.Justice and Peace Studies Program (JUPS) and Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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