Return migration continues to be one of the least considered aspects of migration policy, despite its crucial socio-economic significance for countries of both origin and destination. Obstacles to addressing return migration may stem from a lack of analytical tools providing information on the developmental impact of return migration and on the factors shaping returnees' patterns of reintegration, and the need for adequate institutional mechanisms to foster and support the social and professional reintegration of migrants in their country of origin. Policies addressing return migration need to take into account the pre- and post-return conditions faced by migrant workers, the reasons for their emigration and return, the duration of their stay abroad, and all the elements that may affect the capacity for reintegration in their home country. Such policies should consider the employment and investment opportunities for return migrants, whether they are returning temporarily or permanently. The need is for a development-oriented approach that places migrants' skills, rights, aspirations and know-how at the centre of the discussion. Return constitutes a stage in the migration cycle and requires a multidisciplinary rights-based approach and relevant support mechanisms. This online course will provide the advanced knowledge required for a better understanding of the social and professional reintegration of return labour migrants. Participants will share and examine innovative and comparative data on the conditions faced by returnees in their countries of origin, study mechanisms sustaining the reintegration of returnees, and use analytical tools and instruments that will be helpful in supporting their reintegration.
This course is part of one Diploma programme: