The project has taken place in dialogue and collaboration with various actors, including through the reference group with representatives from authorities and civil society. The reference group members have experience of working directly or indirectly with the target group of third-country nationals in relation to the return process. They have contributed with suggestions for questions and focus areas, which has strengthened the report’s contribution. During this meeting, the preliminary draft report and its findings were discussed.

The meeting was moderated by Mattias Wahlstedt, Delmi’s Head of Secretariat, and then the report authors gave a presentation about the project and thoughts on the writing process. Much research has been conducted by various researchers on the integration of migrants who have been granted a residence permit, but not nearly as much on the reintegration of those who have received the decision to return. How does the return process meet the goal of sustainability, efficiency and humanity?

Delmi has therefore examined the entire migration cycle from a bottom-up perspective with the stories of the migrants in focus; push factors that lead to the decision to leave their home country, what the journey to Sweden has looked like, experiences from the asylum process during the refugee crisis and how these experiences in turn have affected the economic, social and psychosocial reintegration after return. The reference group members had questions on the method – such as the sampling and collection of the data – ethical considerations, how to interpret the data, and in particular the need for clearer, more coordinated and more available information during the return process was discussed.