As the cost of living keeps rising in Sri Lanka the leg-up given is often not enough for them to start up a small venture to generate a stable income. As a result, some Returnees fall prey to debt traps. Some are yet to settle the debts incurred with traffickers for their illegal passage to Europe. However, they still borrow money because they are materially less resourceful.
Some consider re-migration because of financial and social pressure. Many do not have a financial support system to fall back on. Moreover, people living around the returnees look down upon them for not having succeeded in their attempt at migration, having spent a mammoth sum of money. Therefore, they feel that they have been unable to take their place as a fully-fledged member of their community which influences their idea to leave the country once again.
They have experienced extremely stressful events during their stay in the host country but nevertheless when they return to the home country after decades, they still find hard to adapt to a gamut of changes. Re-establishing an identity while trying to juggle the tasks of daily living is a challenge to them, leading to post-return stress which takes its toll on their emotional wellbeing.
Age-wise, the returnees who are between 25 to 40 have mostly returned home as they have realized the fact that they cannot be financially stable if they wait anymore to obtain their citizenship. Some of the male returnees have crossed the marriageable age of late 20 to mid-30s. Such returnees wish to marry at the earliest and start a fresh life. However, instability discourages them to seed any fresh development in their life.