There is considerable but diverse experience of return in the Balkans, including mass return after war in the context of international civil administration in Bosnia and Kosovo, forced return of failed asylum seekers and irregular migrants in several other countries, and possible voluntary return of migrants at the end of the migration 'project', not least in Albania. This workshop aimed to bring together these diverse experiences and to have some discussion about definitions with the aim of producing some conclusions of value to researchers and policy makers covering:
· Does it make sense to talk about 'sustainable' return
· What does it mean and can it be measured
· What influences whether return is sustainable
Sussex, UK, DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, 23 pp.
The Sustainability of ‘Voluntary Assisted Return’: The Experience of the Balkans. Tirana, Albania, 14th September 2004