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The usefulness of reintegration support : the dual perspectives of returnees and caseworkers

Ine Lietaert (UGent)
(2019) BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK . 49(5). p.1216-1223
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Many European countries have developed assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programmes to support the return and reintegration of migrants who do not have a legal residence permit. There is substantial involvement of social-care professionals in the implementation of these programmes. However, the contested nature of AVRR programmes has limited an in-depth understanding of the exact nature of reintegration support and the ways it affects migrants’ lives after return. Through exploring the usefulness of AVRR support from the perspectives of those receiving it and experienced caseworkers providing it in the context of the Belgian AVRR return programme to Armenia and Georgia, this article contributes to a better understanding of the possibilities and constraints of reintegration support. Based on interviews with seventy-nine returnees during the initial two years after their return, interviews with the caseworkers and observations of day-to-day interactions between both parties, four different understandings of the ‘usefulness’ of reintegration support are delineated: reintegration support (i) as central and necessary financial support; (ii) as insufficient, decontextualised and deceptive support; (iii) as selective support; and lastly (iv) as humane and negotiated support. These understandings then evoke reflections on the implications for those stakeholders developing or implementing AVRR support programmes.
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Assisted voluntary return, international social work, post-return well-being, reintegration support, return migration, usefulness of support

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Lietaert, Ine. “The Usefulness of Reintegration Support : The Dual Perspectives of Returnees and Caseworkers.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK , vol. 49, no. 5, 2019, pp. 1216–23.
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Lietaert, I. (2019). The usefulness of reintegration support : the dual perspectives of returnees and caseworkers. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK , 49(5), 1216–1223.
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Lietaert, Ine. 2019. “The Usefulness of Reintegration Support : The Dual Perspectives of Returnees and Caseworkers.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK 49 (5): 1216–23.
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Lietaert, Ine. 2019. “The Usefulness of Reintegration Support : The Dual Perspectives of Returnees and Caseworkers.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK 49 (5): 1216–1223.
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Lietaert I. The usefulness of reintegration support : the dual perspectives of returnees and caseworkers. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK . 2019;49(5):1216–23.
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I. Lietaert, “The usefulness of reintegration support : the dual perspectives of returnees and caseworkers,” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK , vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 1216–1223, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Many European countries have developed assisted voluntary return and reintegration
(AVRR) programmes to support the return and reintegration of migrants who do not
have a legal residence permit. There is substantial involvement of social-care professionals
in the implementation of these programmes. However, the contested nature
of AVRR programmes has limited an in-depth understanding of the exact nature of
reintegration support and the ways it affects migrants’ lives after return. Through exploring
the usefulness of AVRR support from the perspectives of those receiving it
and experienced caseworkers providing it in the context of the Belgian AVRR return
programme to Armenia and Georgia, this article contributes to a better understanding
of the possibilities and constraints of reintegration support. Based on interviews
with seventy-nine returnees during the initial two years after their return, interviews
with the caseworkers and observations of day-to-day interactions between both parties,
four different understandings of the ‘usefulness’ of reintegration support are
delineated: reintegration support (i) as central and necessary financial support; (ii) as
insufficient, decontextualised and deceptive support; (iii) as selective support; and
lastly (iv) as humane and negotiated support. These understandings then evoke reflections
on the implications for those stakeholders developing or implementing AVRR
support programmes.},
  author       = {Lietaert, Ine},
  issn         = {0045-3102},
  journal      = {BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK },
  keywords     = {Assisted voluntary return,international social work,post-return well-being,reintegration support,return migration,usefulness of support},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1216--1223},
  title        = {The usefulness of reintegration support : the dual perspectives of returnees and caseworkers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy093},
  volume       = {49},
  year         = {2019},
}

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