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Returning to Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan: Approaching Post-Conflict Return from the Perspective of Young Adults

Meier, Larissa LU (2013) MIDM71 20131
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
Over two million people have returned from exile to South Sudan since peace was restored in 2005. Among them many young men and women who have mainly grown up in urban areas in Sudan. Northern Bahr el Ghazal state (NBeG) which borders Sudan receives the highest number of returnees. Yet NBeG is ill-prepared to absorb this influx of people. The discourse on postconflict return widely perceives returning migrants as a source of development and reconstruction after conflict. The notion of sustainable return suggests that returnees need to reintegrate successfully for positive development outcomes. Socio-economic questions have thereby been at the centre of the debate while the voices of actual returnees have been largely missing. Therefore,... (More)
Over two million people have returned from exile to South Sudan since peace was restored in 2005. Among them many young men and women who have mainly grown up in urban areas in Sudan. Northern Bahr el Ghazal state (NBeG) which borders Sudan receives the highest number of returnees. Yet NBeG is ill-prepared to absorb this influx of people. The discourse on postconflict return widely perceives returning migrants as a source of development and reconstruction after conflict. The notion of sustainable return suggests that returnees need to reintegrate successfully for positive development outcomes. Socio-economic questions have thereby been at the centre of the debate while the voices of actual returnees have been largely missing. Therefore, the study explored return experiences of young returning adults to NBeG as to challenge recent conceptualisations of sustainable return in post-conflict settings. It suggested
that several interrelated factors need to be considered when approaching questions of sustainable return. Further it showed that concepts such as preparedness, social networks and identity contribute to the understanding of individual return processes in post-conflict settings. (Less)
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author
Meier, Larissa LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM71 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
sustainable return, post-conflict, South Sudan, identity, social networks, preparedness
language
English
id
3798928
date added to LUP
2013-12-04 09:32:14
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2013-12-04 09:32:14
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  abstract     = {Over two million people have returned from exile to South Sudan since peace was restored in 2005. Among them many young men and women who have mainly grown up in urban areas in Sudan. Northern Bahr el Ghazal state (NBeG) which borders Sudan receives the highest number of returnees. Yet NBeG is ill-prepared to absorb this influx of people. The discourse on postconflict return widely perceives returning migrants as a source of development and reconstruction after conflict. The notion of sustainable return suggests that returnees need to reintegrate successfully for positive development outcomes. Socio-economic questions have thereby been at the centre of the debate while the voices of actual returnees have been largely missing. Therefore, the study explored return experiences of young returning adults to NBeG as to challenge recent conceptualisations of sustainable return in post-conflict settings. It suggested
that several interrelated factors need to be considered when approaching questions of sustainable return. Further it showed that concepts such as preparedness, social networks and identity contribute to the understanding of individual return processes in post-conflict settings.},
  author       = {Meier, Larissa},
  keyword      = {sustainable return,post-conflict,South Sudan,identity,social networks,preparedness},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Returning to Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan: Approaching Post-Conflict Return from the Perspective of Young Adults},
  year         = {2013},
}