Abstract

Voluntary repatriation is considered the primary durable solution for refugees. However, although voluntary repatriation has been accepted as the preferred durable solution, there has been little investigation of Its implications. The first part of this article deals with how we conceptualize home. Concepts of community and home, it is argued, assume a world of order and symmetry that belies the problematic of the relationship between the individual and group, the group and state, and the state and territory, and fosters the idealization of a nostalgia for home. The second part focuses on the importance of time and memory within this idealization in terms of how refugees, as reported in the literature, conceive of their country of origin and return. Nostalgia for home, homogeneous group and soil may be exacerbated over time and distorted by memory.

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