The doctoral research aims to critically engage with the so-called repatriation and reintegration programmes, and interrogates the centrality of these programmes in reproducing particular mobility regime in the European periphery (Kosovo). The project addresses the identified theoretical gaps in the existing repatriation literature, and situates repatriation programmes within exigencies of global mobility regime that creates spaces of mobile inequality and social containment.

From an ethnographic perspective, the research aims to contribute to the return migration literature in general, and repatriation scholarship in particular, by focusing on the perspectives of the returnees and the emerging subjectivities that are enforced through repatriation schemes. It also contributes to theorising aspects of power relations that exist between the European Union and the aspiring countries to join the European Union, structured around 'conditionality' and 'structural European reforms'.