The panel addresses practices and discourse of return among migrants by giving empirical evidences that illustrate thoughts and the decision-making process in relation to return and the experience of return as well as use of knowledge and skills for different groups of migrants of South Asia.
The re-emerging discourse on the migration-development nexus and present economic and political contexts such as recession in migrant-receiving regions, security concerns, advancement in economies of traditional sending-regions like India and China, and their efforts to use the knowledge and skills of diaspora have brought back the focus on return migration and in particular, the livelihoods of migrants, their families left behind as well as returnees. We are interested in these research avenues and call upon papers that address practices and the discourse of return migration. We welcome empirical papers that illustrate thoughts and the decision-making process in relation to return and the experience of return of different groups of migrants (such as laborers, students etc.) of South Asia. We would like to discuss how migrants think about returning together with why they think of returning when they are in their host country and what are returnees' experience in their home country after return. In particular, we would like to discuss why do thoughts of return arise, how are these issues of return discussed and with whom and how returnees experience the return to the home country in different aspects of their lives?