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Critical examination of repatriation programmes in the EU periphery (The case of Kosovo)


Valon Junuzi, PhD Student in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Malmö University


Ulrika Waaranperä, Postdoctoral Researcher, Malmö University

Main supervisor

Brigitte Suter, Associate professor, Malmö University


Anders Hellström, Senior lecturer, Malmö University


Over the past two decades there has been a burgeoning interest among migration scholars to include return migration within the purview of migration scholarship. Put in the context of an increasingly globalized world, the returnee has played an important ontological function in confirming the hybridity and transnational identities of a borderless world. However, this has led in stacking together different forms of returning within an overarching category of ‘the returnee’, neglecting power dynamics that are peculiar to each ‘homecoming’.

This doctoral thesis attempts to speak of a particular form of returning, that of repatriation, which though has gained academic attraction very recently, it is mainly dominated by simplistic and compartmentalized understanding of the process.

The main objective of the project is to problematize repatriation process and try to integrate it within the exigencies of the global mobility regime. It argues that instead of approaching repatriation in terms of abandonment, poverty, and constrained agency, we need to theorize repatriation as an important component of existing mobility regime interested in immobilizing specific sections of society and imposing neoliberal subjectivity to the poor.

It focuses on the case of Kosovo and how it implements the repatriation process in its attempt to get free visa access to the EU. In this vein, the project aims to theorize repatriation as a site where productive power is exercised by multiple actors, that aim different, though not mutually exclusive interests from the process.

The seminar takes place online via zoom

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