This book critically examines and theorizes the process of how return migrants reintegrate into their countries of origin. The result is a new methodology for understanding the experiences of return migrants, or their 'reintegration strategies'. This approach demonstrates that reintegration strategies differ by type of return migrant, leading to variations in how far they are able to contribute to the development of their nation states. The author uses female return migration to Ethiopia as a case study, focusing on the impact of gender on reintegration strategies to analyse the connection between return migration and social change. This book will appeal to scholars of migration and refugee studies, as well as a wider audience of sociologists, anthropologists, demographers and policy makers.
Katie Kuschminder is a NWO Rubicon Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, and an affiliated researcher at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) / Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
1: Introduction.- 2: Reintegration Strategies.- 3: Structural and Cultural Environment of Female Return Migration to Ethiopia.- 4: Overview of Female Return Migration to Ethiopia: Professionals, Students, and Domestics.- 5: Reintegration Dimensions of the Analytical Groups.- 6: Reintegration Strategies of Female Return Migrants to Ethiopia.- 7: Conclusion.