Côte d'Ivoire — Research Brief — The debt of migrants assisted with voluntary return and its impact on the sustainability of reintegration (November 2020)

More than 8,000 migrants returned to Côte d’Ivoire between January 2017 and July 2020 through IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme. However, reports on the socio-demographic profiles of return communities published by IOM in 2018 revealed that the level of debt of return migrants has a significant impact on reintegration processes. To better understand this impact, IOM conducted a study in Cote d’Ivoire which aimed at: developing the profile of returning migrants with debts;  understanding the mechanisms by which returning migrants contracted debts, at which stages along the migration route, and which actors are involved in the process; and assessing the impact of debt on the reintegration process of returnees in their communities of origin. The study was developed following a mixed-method approach (qualitative and quantitative) combining :interviews with key informants  including migrants assisted to return, local and national government authorities, community leaders, academics, and AVRR assistants; and individual surveys with returning migrants.


Aude Nanquette, Ananquette@iom.int


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