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Refugee Repatriation - the perspective of Ivorian refugees in Ghana
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As tensions have reduced in Côte d’Ivoire since the post-electoral crisis and violent events in 2011, Ivorian refugees in Ghana are considered to have the option to return ‘home’. This thesis investigates how Ivorian refugees in Ghana themselves perceive repatriation after living a relatively short period of 2 - 3 years in exile. An interview study conducted in Accra also examined which preconditions the urban refugees want to see prevail before a return would be possible/desirable. Furthermore theory on the concept of ‘home’ is drawn upon to understand the refugees’ perception of ‘home’ and how it relates to their view on repatriation. While most of the interviewees see Côte d’Ivoire as their ‘home’ and want to return there, others have contrasting views on if and when to return. The differences in opinions and understandings suggest that there is no relation between one’s definition of ‘home’ and a wish to repatriate.  

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Keyword [en]
refugees, repatriation, home, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana.
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100803OAI: diva2:696708
Available from: 2014-02-14 Created: 2014-02-14 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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