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The research project Rückkehr-Watch (Return Watch) critically explores the encouragement of return and reintegration. It gathers journalistic background articles and political positions. Two short films and numerous stories and portraits of returnees describe the conditions surrounding promotion of return and illustrate the diversity and complexity of return and reintegration experiences. Together with experts, Rückkehr-Watch discusses the context of the return assistance trend; explains how the German programmes for return assistance are structured and implemented in key countries receiving return assistance, how stakeholders experience application and counselling for return, in which complex situations they decide to accept the offers, and which difficulties they face after their return. Experts from Syria, Germany, Iraq, Northern Iraq, Afghanistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Egypt and Mali have their say.

The focus is on the experiences of returnees from Morocco, Afghanistan, Iraq and northern Iraq, Nigeria and Mali. They make it clear that the voluntary return and reintegration programmes are often not opted for based on one’s own free will, but rather out of necessity and lack of alternatives. Many returnees end up in hopeless and even life-threatening situations in their country of origin. The interviews with them show: A decision to return with the help of official programmes usually has little to do with voluntariness.


medico international e.V.

For more than 50 years, the aid and human rights organisation medico international has been providing aid to people in need and working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and exclusion.

In solidarity with the marginalised in the global South, medico works for humane living conditions that enable the highest level of health and social justice. At the core of this work is cooperation with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, who medico supports in their struggle for better living conditions. Since the goal is not only to alleviate hardship and eliminate violence, but to overcome their causes, medico carries out active public relations and campaign work against global conditions of exploitation and domination.

In 1997, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, initiated by medico international, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn more about medico!


Authorised representatives of the Board of Management

Dr. med. Anne Blum, Chairperson, Brigitte Kühn, Rainer Burkert

Responsible for the content

Anne Jung, Head of the Public Relations Department

Editorial office

Moritz Krawinkel, Mario Neumann, Jürgen Wälther


medico international e.V.
Lindleystraße 15
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Germany - Allemagne - Alemania

Tel: +49 69 94438-0
Fax: +49 69 436002

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medico international

IBAN: DE21 5005 0201 0000 0018 00
Frankfurter Sparkasse

Frankfurt am Main Register of Associations, VR 5468

Value-added-tax identification number. DE 114236162

medico international e.V. is recognised as a non-profit association and is exempt from corporate and trade tax under tax ID number 4525593005.