Repatriation is he process and result of repatriation. East verb refers to achieving that someone or something returns to their homeland and it has its origin in Latin, since it comes from the verb “repatriare”, which is made up of three clearly differentiated parts such as these:
-The prefix “re-”, which is equivalent to “backwards”.
-The noun “homeland”, which is synonymous with “paternal land”.
-The suffix “-ar”, which is the ending used to shape the verbs.
For instance: “The repatriation of the corpses will take place next week, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, “The government encourages the repatriation of foreign currency that is deposited abroad”, “One of the president’s projects is to promote the repatriation of national artistic works that are exhibited in museums in other parts of the world”.
The concept is often used to refer to the action of transferring the remains of a person to its country of origin. If a Mexican dies in a traffic accident in Spain, his family will request the repatriation of the body so that it can be veiled and buried in his native land.
The repatriation of the remains can even take place many years after the death occurred. The Argentine hero Jose de San Martin he died August 17, 1850 on Boulogne-sur-Mer, a French town. Three decades later, in 1880, his repatriation to Argentina took place. Today his remains rest in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires.
Precisely in this line we can underline that a few years ago in Spain the decision was made to carry out a measure to be able to undertake the repatriation of the remains of several Spaniards who fought within the Blue Division, supporting the Nazis, in Russia during the Second World War. A measure that has aroused great controversy since there are parties that have reproached the government for giving money for this action and not for undertaking the exhumation of bodies of Republican Spaniards who were shot for their political ideas during the Franco regime and whose remains rest in the mass graves that were distributed throughout the country.
Repatriation, on the other hand, can be linked to a politics to favor the return of citizens of one country who are based in another. This is common when it comes to scientists and other personalities whose work is considered valuable to the society. In this way, a country can attract, with high salaries and professional development proposals, scientists who emigrated years ago.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the existence of what has been called repatriation of capital, which basically amounts to the action of a company to “bring” to the country where it is based the set of economic benefits that it has obtained in foreign soil by internationalizing it. A repatriation that is quite controversial in terms of the tough obligations that some countries impose for it compared to the lighter ones established by others.