The transfer of a person to their country of origin. While the term could refer to any person regardless of their health status, repatriation is often a euphemism for the shipping of a body back to the person’s home country for burial.
RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire has been the official landing ground for repatriations since April 2007 when RAF Brize Norton was closed for runway repairs.
Anne Bevis, repatriation liaison officer for Wootton Bassett Royal British Legion, said: "It is quite sad, but I think it's time for someone else to be able to show their respects from another part of the country.
Even when UNHCR begins coordinating voluntary repatriation with a specified group of refugees, host-state obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention may continue because the evidentiary requirements to mandate repatriation may be higher than the requirements necessary to support voluntary repatriation.
This Note harmonizes voluntary repatriation and mandatory repatriation by placing these options on a continuum, dependent upon positive developments in the country of origin and an end of the fear of persecution that caused flight.
In conclusion, the resilience, bravery, and capability of African refugees to deal with their own voluntary repatriations without much assistance from the international community is laudable, and their desire to return home represents an acute optimistic indication towards durable solutions to the African refugee crisis.
The author examines the historical/theoretical voluntary repatriation framework, which asserts that refugees should only repatriate to their country of origin on a voluntary basis when the socio-political and ethnic situation that initiated their problem comes to an end.
RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire will become the official landing ground for repatriations from Thursday.
Before the ceremony Anne Bevis, the repatriation liaison officer for Wootton Bassett RBL, said: "It will bring closure to us, with the handing over to Brize Norton, it sort of ties it all up nicely and gives us closure, otherwise it is left high and dry.
Anne Bevis, the repatriation liaison officer for Wootton Bassett RBL, said: "The ceremony will bring closure to us, with the handing over to Brize Norton, it sort of ties it all up nicely and gives us closure, otherwise it is left high and dry.