On 27 June 2012 the IS Academy: Migration and Development project hosted an Advanced Academic Update (AAU) on Return Migration, Reintegration and Development. The purpose of the AAU was to provide state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of return, reintegration and development and to engage in lively debate amongst policy makers, representatives from non-governmental organizations and international organizations, and academics.
At first glance return migration appears a simple phenomenon of migrants returning to their country of origin. However, further investigation reveals the complexities of return migration in terms of definitions, categorizations, reintegration, and the ability of return migrants to impact development in the country of return. This workshop explored the challenges of return, reintegration, and development in several countries and contexts.