The panel explores refugee repatriation to post-conflict societies. Patterns of conflictual and consensual interaction between returnees and other actors are discussed, as well as consequences for the (re-)construction of socio-political structures.
In this panel we intend to explore the place and role of refugees once they return in their country of origin. As returnees, refugees participate in the reconfiguration of post-conflict societies. Their stay in refugee camps put them into contact with the international refugee regime. They have learned new ways of being, new techniques, practices and values in trainings organized by aid agencies or while interacting with the actors of the development industry as well as with other refugees and the local population. How do returning refugees influence the process of (re-)construction in their country? Which consequences arise from the differences in their experiences abroad, depending on where and with whom they stayed? How do they use their new experiences and skills, in the construction or emergence of local and national political structures or in order to improve their own way of living? The panel will further explore reactions of the actors to whom the refugees return. What strategies and techniques are used by the national and local administration, by development actors and the remaining population in the interaction with returnees? What are typical modes of (re)integration - or denying it? How do the actors who remained in the country during the conflict deal with the new skills and cultural patterns the returning refugees bring back to their area of origin? Contributions analyzing empirical cases are welcome, as well as theoretically oriented papers and comparative studies.