Going Home

Going Home: Refugee Repatriation in History

Monday, 20 June
14:00 - 15:00

By MADAR Network

What happens when refugees go home? Since the modern international system of refugee protection began to emerge in the 1920s, repatriation – refugees going home – has been one of its main intended aims. But it is rarely easy.

In the space of a few weeks in spring 1962, over two hundred thousand Algerian refugees returned to Algeria from Morocco and Tunisia at the end of their country’s war of independence.

How was this major repatriation operation planned, and how was it carried out?

What obstacles did it face (literal, diplomatic, or political)?

What were the refugees’ experiences once they had returned ‘home’ to a country in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, and still beset by violence as French colonial authority gave way to Algerian independence?

By exploring this specific case, this online talk will set out ways to think about the complex history of refugee repatriation in general.


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About MADAR Network:

The Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR مدار Arabic for ‘path’) Network aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable, displaced people in the central Maghreb region of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. It fosters partnerships amongst research institutes in the Maghreb and facilitates interdisciplinary research collaborations.



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