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I wrote a short article on the use of development budgets for return migration programmes in their special on development cooperation.

I argue that it is too optimistic to think that rejected asylum seekers will contribute to development and peace building after return. My recommendation is: Don’t call de facto involuntary return development, and no longer pay return assistance out of development budgets.

Only voluntary return of people who have something to offer, and are free to leave again, can potentially contribute to development.