The key for sustainable reintegration is not only equipping the returnees with practical tools to start a new life in their country of origin, but also addressing the social challenges they often encounter back home. In Afghanistan, the social stigma connected to “not making it” in Europe often prevents returnees from re-connecting with their families and starting anew.
In 2020, the European Return and Reintegration Network and the Swedish Migration Agency carried out an information campaign in Kabul and Jaghori Districts to sensitise the families of returnees about the challenges their sons and daughters face – and tackle the issue of post-return stigma. Watch the video testimonies and download the final report prepared by our local implementing partner, Lapis Communications, to learn how these activities transformed the beneficiaries’ lives and changed their attitudes towards return and reintegration.
Ghulam: “We should be there for our family members who return from abroad”
Basir: “Now I believe that I can shape my future life the way I want”
Sayed: “We should encourage returnees to start anew”