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The area of return migration is attracting considerable interest, not least because of the surge in returns due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The characteristics of recent returnees and their motivations are not yet established. This work examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on return migration to Czechia and it offers one of the first investigations into the realities of return in this particular case. The present study is expected to contribute to our understanding of the role of transnationalism and migration networks in return migration. We also want to highlight the uneasiness between the voluntary-forced migration dichotomy when it comes to discussing the recent events. Using a mixed research design, data were collected during the first half of 2021 and the responses were gathered using a survey and interviews. The results broaden our understanding of return migration in this specific case and highlight the importance of drafting policies that take the returnees into account.


return migration, transnationalism, networks, Covid-19, Czechia

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