Nassim Majidi

Nassim Majidi
Samuel Hall

Ph.D. Political Science / International Relations

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Introduction
Co-founder and Head of Migration Research at Samuel Hall, a social enterprise dedicated to migration research based in Kabul, Afghanistan (covering Central & South Asia), Nairobi, Kenya (covering East & South Africa), Tunis, Tunisia (coveting West & North Africa) and Berlin. I continue working on return and reintegration, and hoping to soon turn my Ph.D. dissertation at Sciences Po Paris (What happens post-return? Return, reintegration and re-bordering in Afghanistan) into a book!

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Publications (27)
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Many, if not most, of those who are forcibly expelled from the country to which they have migrated will not settle in the country to which they have been returned but will leave again. A recent article examined some of the reasons why this should be so. It was argued that in addition to the factors that had caused the original migration, such as fe...
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Deportation, understood as the physical removal of someone against their will from the territory of one state to that of another, has moved to the forefront of academic and policy agendas. Although there is a growing literature on legislation and policy, there is very little in-depth data on what happens post-deportation. In this article, we examin...
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The decision for refugees to return should be an ‘informed decision’ based on “objective, accurate and neutral” information, including on the limits of assistance upon return [UNHCR, 1996]. This article presents findings from the spontaneous return of refugees from Kenya to Somalia in 2014 to illustrate the risks that uninformed decisions, and the...
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This article uses an ecological systems approach to detail community involvement in smuggling in Afghanistan and Somalia—two countries that have similar patterns of irregular outmigration to the West and geopolitical and human security dynamics. I emphasize community connections and family ties as the key points around which irregular migration tak...
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Researchers' methodological decisions have an impact on who gets to hear a refugees' story, the meaning a story conveys, and, consequently, the implications a story might have for forced migrants. What we as researchers, or aid workers, do with the stories gathered from forced migrants can contribute to their social and political invisibility, or o...
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Researchers' methodological decisions have an impact on who gets to hear a refugees' story, the meaning a story conveys, and, consequently, the implications a story might have for forced migrants. What we as researchers, or aid workers, do with the stories gathered from forced migrants can contribute to their social and political invisibility, or o...
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Decisions on the return of Afghans from Europe are often based on the perceived support that communities of return and social networks can provide. This assumption shapes court decisions over asylum cases and is factored in assistance packages upon return. It is assumed that social networks will act as a “safety net” for returnee . However, recent...
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The situations of people who have moved from their countries of origin only to find themselves caught in a crisis that threatens their security and ability to thrive are of growing concern to the international community. While crises affect both nationals and non-nationals, the ability of migrants to cope with their impacts may be reduced, due to c...
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Afghan deportees are, in their own words, at a loss in negotiating their post-return lives, a common marker among deported migrants. In Afghanistan, the added danger is that deportees may find themselves in situations of greater threat than their lives represented before their migration, adding to their reasons to leave again. Through empirical res...
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This chapter considers the return process of Somali refugees from Kenya through the prism of women’s experiences before departure and upon return. The transition to ‘home’ is analysed through expectations and outcomes for psychosocial wellbeing. Do women act return, choose return or endure return, or all of the above? What are the consequences of r...
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Les politiques migratoires dites « de retour » sont utilisées par les États pour « gérer » la mi- gration. Leur hypothèse est que les populations migrantes – qu’elles soient composées de réfugiés, de déboutés du système d’asile ou de migrants économiques – peuvent et doivent re- tourner dans leur pays d’origine. Ce retour est censé s’effectuer de m...
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Largely ignored for over 10 years, the role of Afghanistan’s youth in transition has been increasingly in the spotlight since 2013, the year of the National Youth Policy. Much more needs to be done to bring change for youth as 60% of Afghanistan’s population is under the age of 24. Taking the case of Kabul’s urban displaced youth, this study shows...
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Refugees can contribute significantly to the economy of countries of refuge. Legal, structural and political backing is crucial to strengthen this contribution and maximise the opportunities that are present.
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There are insufficiently recognised drivers of migration for Afghans and Somalis to Europe, caused by decades of conflict. Although officially listed as ‘post-conflict’, the reality is very different.
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The objective of this research is to assess the opportunities posed by the political process for potential solutions in Kenya’s key refugee-hosting counties of Turkana and Garissa. It firstly analyses opportunities presented by devolution which can contribute to the increased self-reliance of refugees. Secondly it focuses on the architecture of dev...
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Donors and practitioners need to adapt to a changing landscape of migration and return migration in their efforts to target Afghans most in need of assistance. www.fmreview.org/afghanistan/kuschminder-siegel-majidi
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Over 76% of Afghans have been displaced by conflict, natural or man-made disasters at some point during their lifetime. Among these, women are " the vulnerable within the vulnerable " , as shown in a recent report written by the authors for the Norwegian Refugee Council, calling for accrued attention to the needs of displaced women at a time of tra...
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Since 2002, an estimated 6 million Afghan refugees have returned to their homeland. The world has witnessed the largest voluntary repatriation program in recorded history (Kronenfeld, 2011), with over 4.6 million returnees assisted by the Government of Afghanistanand the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While in 2002 Afghanist...

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This project will pilot a novel approach to understanding the relationship between displaced people and the environment by conceptualizing refugee and IDP settlements as integrated social-ecological systems. We propose to couple an analysis of socio-ecological landscape change with qualitative, participatory, historical-ethnographic research to better understand the interactions linking refugee and IDP settlements to surrounding landscapes in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Karnataka, India. This four-year research is supported by NORGLOBAL, Norway.