Working Towards a More Gender-Responsive Reintegration Process for Returned Migrants
Elke Löbel, Head of Directorate on Displacement and Migration, Crisis Prevention, and Management; and Commissioner for Refugee Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Sijal Aziz, Director, Returns and Reintegration, WELDO (Pakistan); and Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group Civil Society Representative for Asia
Mariana Meshi, Executive Director, Different and Equal, Albania
Abibatou Wane-Fall, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ghana, Togo, and Benin
Camille Le Coz, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI and MPI Europe
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) calls for more gender-responsive return and reintegration programs. Yet many foundational questions remain unexamined, including how the migration experiences of women* affect their reintegration and the communities to which they return.
In the three years since the GCM was adopted, international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have released research on gender and reintegration, encouraging a closer examination of these dynamics. Implementing partners involved in reintegration have also become more sensitive to gender dynamics and the particular challenges faced by women. Some have trained their teams to better identify gender issues and developed initiatives aimed more specifically at helping female returnees during the reintegration process. Finally, actors in the field acknowledge that the monitoring and evaluation of reintegration projects requires special attention to gender dynamics, for example the collection of gender-disaggregated data.
Yet despite these steps, much work remains to operationalize a more gender-responsive approach to reintegration programs. Cooperation between countries of origin and destination under the auspice of the GCM offers an opportunity to elevate this issue’s priority on the international agenda.
Held during Migration Week hosted by the United Nations Network on Migration, this webinar features policymakers and practitioners in a conversation reflecting on the progress made in the past three years to better integrate gender into reintegration programs for returned migrants, ongoing challenges, and how the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in May offers a critical moment to promote good practices.
This webinar is part of a research partnership between MPI and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ), supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
* Inclusive of both cisgender and trans/transgender women.