The London Migration Research Group (LMRG) presents:
‘Reversing Forced Migrations: Protracted Displacements and Return Home’
Neophytos G. Loizides
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
Reader in International Conflict Analysis
School of Politics & International Relations,
University of Kent
Tuesday, 1st March, 5:30-7pm
NYU in London
6 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RA
ABSTRACT: What influences the decisions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home after prolonged displacement? The paper investigates the attitudes of victims of forced migration by analysing different stages of displacement utilizing three large-n survey data from Bosnia, Cyprus (Greek Cypriots) and Turkey (Kurds). In an attempt to give a voice to displaced persons, we survey the conditions under which IDPs have expressed intentions or returned home despite continuing tensions, lack of infrastructure and risk of renewed violence. The paper presents findings on the role of economic, psychological and security-related factors commonly identified in the literature on voluntary return as well as probes novel approaches in refugee studies emphasizing the role of social capital and institutional design. Specifically, it draws on the study of comparative political institutions to investigate potentially transferable institutional designs such as remote voting which have empowered community mobilization for peaceful voluntary return. Finally, it examines support levels towards peace processes particularly Dayton in Bosnia and draws from the ‘relatively successful’ cases of voluntary return in the Balkans to inform current humanitarian crises in the Middle East and globally.
BIO: Neophytos Loizides is Reader in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. His research focuses on forced displacement and conflict regulation in deeply divided societies. Dr. Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises published by Stanford University Press (2015) and Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). He is also the co-editor (with Oded Haklai) of Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts while his most recent articles appeared in the European Journal of Political Research, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics and the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr. Loizides received his PhD at the University of Toronto and held fellowships funded by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Solomon Asch Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship). He has served as a consultant to various governments and international organizations including the Council of Europe. Dr Loizides has also contributed commentaries to international media outlets such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is currently the Associate Editor of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow. Dr Loizides’ presentation at LMRG will draw on joint work with Dr Djordje Stefanovic and Dr Ed Morgan-Jones.
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