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Knowledge Bite #2 - Sustainable Reintegration Outcomes: Following Referrals for Reintegration Support

KMH Knowledge Bite Series
Asia and the Pacific, East Africa and the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Publication Series
Sustainable Reintegration Knowledge Bites Series
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The first Knowledge Bite, published in October 2020, gave a first indication of some of the factors that can contribute
to or hamper sustainable reintegration outcomes. Notably, the results revealed that returnees benefiting from economic
reintegration activities have on average higher sustainable reintegration scores compared to returnees not benefiting from
them, and that a context-specific approach to sustainable reintegration is necessary for returnees’ sustainable reintegration in their country of origin.

Building on these findings, this second Knowledge Bite aims at exploring additional factors that contribute to higher levels of sustainable reintegration. Specifically, the analysis in this report focuses on investigating sustainable reintegration outcomes following referrals and understanding the effect of referrals on returnees’ satisfaction with the reintegration assistance received.

The main results suggest that returnees benefiting from at least one reintegration activity through referrals, have on average lower sustainable reintegration scores across the economic and social dimensions, compared to returnees benefiting from direct assistance uniquely across these two dimensions. Similarly, the results suggest that returnees benefiting from reintegration assistance through referrals display lower levels of satisfaction with the reintegration programme.

The results presented in this report point toward the need for in-depth qualitative analysis to further investigate the observed trends and patterns.