Cross-Regional Information System (CRIS) on the Reintegration of Migrants in their Countries of Origin
The Cross-Regional Information System on the Reintegration of Migrants in their Countries of Origin (CRIS) is aimed at addressing the social economic legal and institutional factors and conditions shaping returnees’ patterns of reintegration in their countries of origin. In other words, it sets out to explain why some return migrants contribute to development back home, whereas others do not.
Based on a network of partner institutions located in countries of return, field surveys are being prepared to collect a substantial number of interviews with return migrants. The core rationale for CRIS is its cross-regional comparative scope as well as the identification of reintegration indicators, beyond the specificities of each regional context.
To date, field surveys are being planned in 2012 in Armenia, Mali and Tunisia. Additional fieldwork will be carried out in other regions. Analytical tools will be provided with a view to informing and gaining further knowledge about categories of returnees, their socio-demographic characteristics and their manifold patterns of reintegration.
Finally, through a specific implementation method and the organisation of training courses and scientific events addressed to the academia and the world of practice, CRIS sets out to contribute to evidence-based policy-making in the field of return migration, reintegration and development. Against this backdrop, ad hoc recommendations and possible measures will be proposed with a view to fostering returnees’ reintegration processes and their contribution to the development of their countries of origin.
CRIS was launched in 2011 thanks to the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bern (Switzerland) and of the European University Institute.
Current partner institutions involved in CRIS: