Rejected Asylum Seekers from Kosova: A Social Work Critique of Repatriation as a Durable Solution

This article presents findings from a systematic literature review of studies that focus on the repatriation of rejected asylum seekers from Kosova. We approached the literature from a critical standpoint in order to identify the main gaps in knowledge as well as to recommend future steps. The findings question the adoption of repatriation as a sustainable solution to migration “crisis” and suggest that there is a dearth of repatriation research coming out of Global South countries. Study findings add to the body of existing, albeit scarce, literature that focuses on repatriation, and provide important implications for policymaking for a largely hidden population of forced migrants.

The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Natural Disaster Management in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, being a small island in the Indian Ocean, is prone to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts, cyclones, lightning strikes, coastal erosion, and tsunamis, which kill a number of people and destroy properties each year. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play a significant role in natural disaster management in many countries; however, the Sri Lankan ICT development index was 3.77 in 2016, a low record in comparison to other countries. In this context, we need to probe into why ICTs have not been successfully used for natural disaster management and how ICTs can be effectively used in natural disaster management in Sri Lanka? Therefore, this study examines the use of ICT in natural disaster management in Sri Lanka. The specific objectives are to identify the role of ICT in natural disaster management and issues and implications involving the use of ICT in natural disaster management. Mixed methods will be used to achieve the aim and objectives of the research. Data will be randomly collected using 200 questionnaires. Questionnaires will be distributed among the respondents in Matara Divisional Secretariat division of Sri Lanka, which is affected by many natural disasters each year. In-depth interviews will be conducted with experts in natural disaster management and administrative officers in responsible authorities in Sri Lanka. The analysis will be done qualitatively and quantitatively.

Revisiting the Impact of Age on Job Satisfaction: A Global Comparative Examination

Prior research has identified three primary findings related to job satisfaction and age. The first is that satisfaction reflects a U-shaped cycle in which employees are satisfied with their work early in their careers followed by a dip in satisfaction and then an increase, which continues until retirement. A second finding is that satisfaction decreases with age due to burn-out, disillusionment, or pressure to retire. The third is that there is no relationship between age and satisfaction or indication that satisfaction remains constant with age. These studies reflect various contexts and time periods. The current study provides a comparative analysis of the impact of age and job satisfaction globally based on non-panel longitudinal data from the most recent wave of the International Social Survey Program (Work Orientations IV 2015). The study updates and extends previous research by exploring the impact of changing employment and economic conditions in cross-national contexts.