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Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing
Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and their Families

ISBN 9781138677500
Published March 15, 2017 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Return migration is a topic of growing interest among academics and policy makers. Nonetheless, issues of psychosocial wellbeing are rarely discussed in its context.

Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing problematises the widely-held assumption that return to the country of origin, especially in the context of voluntary migrations, is a psychologically safe process. By exploding the forced-voluntary dichotomy, it analyses the continuum of experiences of return and the effect of time, the factors that affect the return process and associated mobilities, and their multiple links with returned migrants' wellbeing or psychosocial issues.

Drawing research encompassing four different continents – Europe, North America, Africa and Asia – to offer a blend of studies, this timely volume contrasts with previous research which is heavily informed by clinical approaches and concepts, as the contributions in this book come from various disciplinary approaches such as sociology, geography, psychology, politics and anthropology. Indeed, this title will appeal to academics, NGOs and policy-makers working on migration and psychosocial wellbeing; and undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in the fields of migration, social policy, ethnicity studies, health studies, human geography, sociology and anthropology.

Table of Contents



The interface between return migration and psychosocial wellbeing

Zana Vathi, Edge Hill University, UK

  1. The forced-voluntary continuum in return migration

  2. Return to wellbeing? Irregular migrants and assisted return in Norway

    Synnøve Bendixsen, University of Bergen, Norway

    Hilde Lidén, Institute for Social Research, Norway

    Forced to return? Agency and the role of post-return mobility for psychosocial wellbeing among returnees to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Poland

    Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute, Norway

    Ceri Oeppen, University of Sussex, UK

    Between ‘voluntary’ return programs and soft deportation: sending vulnerable migrants in Spain back ‘home’

    Barak Kalir, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  3. Ancestral returns, adaptation and re-migration

  4. Roots migration to the ancestral homeland and psychosocial wellbeing: young Polish diasporic students

    Marcin Gońda, University of Łódź, Poland

    ‘This country plays tricks on you’: Portuguese migrant descendant returnees narrate economic crisis-influenced ‘returns’

    João Sardinha, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

    David Cairns, University of Lisbon, Portugal

    ‘Invisible’ returns of Bosnian refugees and their psychosocial wellbeing

    Selma Porobic, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


  5. Asylum systems, assisted returns, and post-return mobilities

  6. ‘Burning without fire’: the paradox of the state’s attempt to safeguard deportees’ psychosocial wellbeing

    Daniela DeBono, Malmö University, Sweden

    The return of refugees from Kenya to Somalia: ge

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Zana Vathi is Reader in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University.

Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor of Migration Studies at Malmö University.