The Long Journey Home: An IRIN Web Special on the Challenge of Refugee Return and Reintegration

In the hearts and minds of uprooted people, the power and mystique of the word ˜home' inspire the greatest efforts to return. However, there are times when the reality of home and the initial euphoria of going back sour and turn to frustration as families struggle to reintegrate into societies ravaged by war and social dislocation. They might even have to retrace their steps. In most cases returnees do not have the choice of becoming refugees again, and for economic and political reasons have to survive and rebuild their lives in their homeland - whatever its condition. IRIN's new Web Special on Return and Reintegration outlines the difficulties facing millions of uprooted people worldwide as they return home.