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Somali refugees in Dadaab setting out to return by bus to Somalia © UNHCR/Assadullah Nasrullah
Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya, setting out to return to Somalia, 2016. © UNHCR/Assadullah Nasrullah

Forced Migration Review issue 62 with a major feature on ‘Return: voluntary, safe, dignified and durable?’, and a mini-feature on ‘Towards understanding and addressing the root causes of displacement’, is now online at

Voluntary return in safety and with dignity has long been a core tenet of the international refugee regime. In the 23 articles on ‘Return’ in this issue of FMR, authors explore various obstacles to achieving sustainable return, discuss the need to guard against premature or forced return, and debate the assumptions and perceptions that influence policy and practice. This issue also includes seven articles on ‘Towards understanding and addressing the root causes of displacement’, prepared as resource material for the Global Refugee Forum to be held in December.

This issue includes two articles by two RSC colleagues, and one article by a former RSC colleague:

Repatriation principles under pressure, by Jeff Crisp (Research Associate, RSC)

The laws and norms established by the international community to ensure that organised repatriation takes place in a way that protects the rights of refugees are increasingly being violated. Online at:

Syrian refugees’ return from Lebanon, by Tamirace Fakhoury and Derya Özkul (Lebanese American University / RSC, University of Oxford)

Analysis of return practices in Lebanon reveal challenges to voluntary, safe and dignified return. Online at:

Working with ‘stayee’ communities: learning from Eritrea, by Georgia Cole (University of Cambridge)

Better understanding of the perceptions and living conditions of the communities into which returnees will arrive may facilitate better integration of those returning from displacement. Online at:

To read individual articles or download the full pdf, please visit The issue will be available in print in early November and will later also be available in Arabic and Spanish. To request print copies, please email

With thanks to the following for their financial support for this issue: Act Church of Sweden, Refugees International, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and UNHCR.