Peacebuilding, refugees and return migrants
Key contacts: Prof. Vincenzo Bove
Funding: Folke Bernadotte Academy
Partners: Dr. Jessica Di Salvatore (University of Warwick) & Dr. Leandro Elia (Marche Polytechnic University)
Start date: 01.01.2020
End date: 31.12.2021
Do peacekeeping operations (PKOs) mitigate the outflow of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) and encourage their return? We posit that the deployment of UN peacekeepers, by delivering a secure environment and restoring the basic conditions for local economic recovery, can reduce forced migration, and encourage the return of vulnerable refugees and IDPs. The project envisages the collection of new data on the locality and timing of military and non-military PKOs, on populations movements across and within countries, and the use of individual/household data on Sub-Saharan countries. Findings have the potential to inform practices and contribute to the ongoing reappraisal of UN PKOs.