The desire to return during civil war: Evidence for internally displaced populations in Colombia

María Alejandra Arias, Ana María Ibáñez, Pablo Querubin Borrero

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    Armed conflict in Colombia has forcibly displaced more than 3.6 million people. In a post-conflict scenario, the socioeconomic stabilization of displaced households is crucial, as families must decide whether to stay in the reception place, relocate to a new municipality or return to their site of origin. In this paper we identify the determinants of the desire to return of internally displaced households in Colombia. We find that i) land tenure in the place of origin provides an incentive to return; ii) vulnerable households, in particular female-headed households and those from ethnic minorities seek to establish themselves at the reception site and exhibit a lower desire to return; iii) those who displaced as a consequence of a direct attack are less willing to return; iv) economic opportunities in the place of origin encourage return while economic opportunities at the reception site decrease the willingness to return; and v) social networks, as exemplified by membership in peasant organizations and collective land ownership, increase the desire to return. To be successful, the design of stabilization programs for the displaced population must consider these particularities of the households that are willing to return and those who prefer to stay in the reception site.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)209-233
    Number of pages25
    JournalPeace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    municipality
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    Keywords

    • Armed conflict
    • Colombia
    • Desire to return
    • Forced displacement

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    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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    The desire to return during civil war : Evidence for internally displaced populations in Colombia. / Arias, María Alejandra; Ibáñez, Ana María; Querubin Borrero, Pablo.

    In: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Vol. 20, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 209-233.

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    Arias, María Alejandra ; Ibáñez, Ana María ; Querubin Borrero, Pablo. / The desire to return during civil war : Evidence for internally displaced populations in Colombia. In: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. 2014 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 209-233.
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