30.12.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Policy Paper: Return[ed] to Paradise. The Deportation Experience in Samoa & Tonga

Based on research conducted by UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Apia program, this MOST-2 Policy Paper presents evidence on the experiences of people deported from the United States (and less so Australia and New Zealand) back to their countries of origin, Samoa and Tonga.

Building on questionnaires, interviews and case studies which were conducted over a period of two years, it presents demographic information on the deportees as well as on the unlawful acts leading to their deportation (section 1), the deportation process and experiences with a special focus on the issue of family separation (section 2) and reintegration and resettlement in Samoa and Tonga. It also includes policy recommendations to improve the situation of deportees.


The policy paper can be accessed here.

For more information on UNESCO’s work in the Pacific, please visit the website of the Cluster Office in Apia, Samoa.

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