The experience of repatriation has often been considered in monolithic terms. There is little acknowledgement of the different ways that refugees’ or returnees’ experiences may vary according to the gender or age of the individual. The generational aspects of the repatriation/return experience are often overlooked. In particular, there is insufﬁcient understanding of the meanings that children associate with such a shift in their lives. In my experience over the past decade in the Horn of Africa, this neglect of children’s viewpoints seems peculiar, particularly since Ethiopian, Somali and Eritrean adult returnees have all told me that the desire for their children to have a better life is a key reason for repatriating.