Return Migration, Development and Peace-Building
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Van Houte discusses why and how in the post-Cold War era, return migrants from European countries returning to “post-conflict” countries have become seen as agents of change who can contribute to development and peace-building. But policies to promote this next are also designed to manage migration and defend domestic welfare and security. This chapter highlights the tensions, contradictions and questions that remain with regard to (1) the heterogeneity of the post-return experience and the complex meanings of and motivations for return, (2) the hierarchization of returnees’ mobility and immobility and (3) returnees’ room to manoeuvre in their negotiation between spaces of belonging, in order to (4) interrogate the expectations on which the linkages between return migration, development and peace-building are based.


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