In October, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community hosted a European Dialogue on Return and Reintegration of Migrants. The event brought together policy makers, practitioners, civil society, and academics from across Europe. GIZ has produced this short film on the event.
I contribute to a session on post-return monitoring and how to measure sustainable reintegration. During the discussion the group sought to highlight the following key points for feedback to the wider event:
• Clarify and harmonize definitions and concepts: currently, there is a lack of harmonization and clarity in definitions, which leads to a lack of coherence. There is a need for long-term evaluation projects that offer both insights into the return impact on the migrant and the society at large as well as opportunities for improving tools and processes that can be informative for programing and increase harmony in the operationalization of concepts and definitions.
• Recognize the differences between monitoring, evaluation and longer-term research.
• Utilize and incorporate knowledge from existing fields.
• Programing needs workable tools that can be operational in the short term and overcome technical issues, such as the importance of trained, local interviewers.
• Monitor from the beginning with a long-term perspective.
• For designing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluations Systems, partnership approaches that are inclusive of counselors in the countries of destination, the countries of origin and returnees are needed.
• GIZ could establish a community of practice.