Never before have the analysis of return migrants’ manifold patterns of reintegration and the study of their migration cycles been relevant to current policy developments. This article aims to demonstrate that a continuum exists between return migrants’ propensity to reintegrate and the completeness of their migration cycles, and vice versa. To begin with, a new reflection is introduced by the author while drawing on substantial academic writings across disciplines. Then, on the basis of a comparative field survey based on face-to-face interviews with return migrants in Armenia, Mali and Tunisia, this article sets out to show that the completeness of a migration cycle represents a significant explanatory variable in the analysis of return migrants’ varying levels of reintegration. Finally, the policy implications of the research findings are detailed in the conclusive remarks.
Keywords: Return migration; reintegration; field survey; return policies; Armenia; Mali; Tunisia