Parvati Nair

Parvati Nair is Director, United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona, Spain.

The idea of return migration, with the aim of assisting voluntary returnees to settle back in their home countries, can seem an attractive way forward for governments that seek to manage migration humanely. In recent years, nevertheless, as return migration has become a preferred strategy for governments and one of the very few options open to migrants, the problems emerging from this practice and the policies that support it have increasingly come into view.