Prospects of Return: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany
This study examines the factors that influence refugees' decision to return to their country of origin. The research employs exploratory factor analysis and linear regression to investigate the individual-level factors that influence these decisions. Data for the analyses come from a structured survey on 889 Syrian refugees in five different German cities in late 2015. Findings indicate that refugees with higher levels of education are more likely to consider return, given that their country of origin adopts democracy. The decisions of those who experience direct threats to their safety, however, are influenced primarily by the restoration of stability.