Attempting Return: Iraqis’ Remigration from Iraq

Vanessa Iaria

Abstract


The voluntary repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons is interpreted as evidence of restored security and political stability, improved civil-state relations, and public confidence in reconstruction efforts in war-torn countries. The findings presented in this article indicate that Iraqi refugees’ decision to return is driven less by improvements in Iraq than by their desire to rebuild their lives back home and overcome the difficult legal and socio-economic conditions in neighbouring countries. The article explores Iraqi returnees’ experiences based on accounts of their return and subsequent remigration to Syria and Jordan. the micro- and macrotransformations occurring in post-Saddam Iraq have a strong bearing on refugees’ return and reintegration in their home communities. In the absence of permanent solutions to protracted displacement, the Iraqis engage in transnational mobility and livelihood strategies and participate in the socio-economic developments in home and host countries through the constant multidirectional flow of economic, social, and human capital.

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