To Return or Not to Return, That's the Question; Rejected Asylum Seekers and Voluntary Return
25 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 16, 2016
This article explores factors that influence and affect a rejected asylum seeker’s decision-making process concerning voluntary return. The process of return migration of Angolan rejected asylum seekers in the Netherlands serves as a case study. All relevant push-, pull-, ‘stay’- and ‘deter’-factors that a potential returnee may take into consideration are envisaged and conceptualized on a micro-, meso- and macro-level. Special attention is given to actors that can be described as ‘lobbyists’. The article concludes with a design in which all relevant factors are presented. This model might serve as a useful model for practitioners who work in the field of migration, or for academics who wish to further operationalize the theoretical concept of voluntary return.
Keywords: voluntary return, return migration, rejected asylum seekers, Angola, the Netherlands
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