Table 3

Reasons for and against voluntary return (multiple answers were permitted)

Motives against a return

N

%

Motives for a return

N

%


Economical reasons

Transport/travel cost

2

4.9

Unemployment in Germany

8

19.5

Unemployment in country of return

9

22.0

Dependence on welfare system in Germany

3

7.3

Lack of seed capital

12

29.3

Political/social reasons

Security and safety

7

17.1

Lack of cultural attachment in Germany

3

7.3

Fear of rejection by people, who stayed in the country

1

2.4

Racism in Germany

1

2.4

Hatred between ethnic groups/discrimination

1

2.4

Poor living conditions in Germany

1

2.4

Housing conditions

7

17.1

Poor living conditions in country of return

9

22.0

Lack of medical and psychological care in country of origin

13

31.7

Personal/familial reasons

Personal attachment to Germany

5

12.2

Family ties in home country

18

43.9

Children born and raised in Germany

14

34.1

Homesickness

22

53.7

Personal failure

1

2.4

Cultural roots

7

17.1

Fear of confrontation with traumatic context

1

2.4

Independence in home country/language skills

2

4.9

Better prospects for children in Germany

4

9.8

Wish to die in home country

8

19.5

Fear of forced deportation

10

24.5


von Lersner et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2008 8:8   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-8-8

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