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Forging Partnerships to Make the Reintegration of Migrants More Effective and Sustainable
June 27, 2022

MPI Europe Webinar

Forging Partnerships to Make the Reintegration of Migrants More Effective and Sustainable

A food and goods distribution to returned migrants in Burkina Faso
IOM/Alexander Bee

Nassim Majidi, Founder and Director, Samuel Hall

Vojkan Milovanovic, Head of Office and Project Coordinator, Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Mission to the Republic of Serbia

Ravenna Sohst, Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe

Abrham Tamrat, Regional Program Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Dakar


Camille Le Coz, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI and MPI Europe

There is no "one-size-fits-all" reintegration model that can ensure success for returning migrants and the communities into which they are re-entering. Returnees have complex, interconnected economic, social, and psychosocial needs that typically cannot be covered by one single service provider. Returning migrants need to be able to access core public services (documentation, work opportunities, and health care) as well as context-specific local initiatives that will endure even after reintegration programs end. Yet while there is a growing acknowledgment that better partnerships between reintegration providers and local actors are needed to expand the variety of support measures available to returnees, there is no consensus as to how these connections (or "referrals") should be organized, what types of services referral partners should deliver (and what support they need to do so), and how outcomes can best be monitored over time.

This MPI Europe webinar, releasing a brief, examines how to design referral mechanisms so that returnees receive the core services they need, while also ensuring support is embedded within local contexts (for instance delivered by trusted providers, or calibrated to specific ethnic, cultural, or linguistic needs). Speakers explore questions around how major donors and providers can effectively partner with local actors, striking the right balance between formal reintegration programs (that are often more established but can be removed from local needs) and local initiatives (which may lack capacity but be better placed to cultivate trust with beneficiaries). How can programs be embedded within the fabric of local communities and "professionalized" to ensure that migrants do not fall through the cracks and outcomes are monitored over time?

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