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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Wijk, Joris, To Return or Not to Return, That's the Question; Rejected Asylum Seekers and Voluntary Return (August 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2824480

Joris Wijk (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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