This report is based on data collected from December 2020 to March 2021, as part of a phone survey with a representative sample of 2,963 community members from key locations in and around the Maiduguri metropolitan area (MMC) in Borno State, Nigeria. It presents data around community receptivity to and perceptions about individuals who exit Boko Haram.

This brief will focus on how people feel about someone returning to their community and will set the stage for subsequent briefs that will focus on social reintegration, and transitional justice and reconciliation preferences. These insights are unique as this data is collected in ongoing conflict, while reintegration is actively happening, and communities in and around Maiduguri are receiving those who exit Boko Haram and other armed groups.

This publication can also be downloaded from the UNU-CPR website

Citation: Rebecca Littman, Siobhan O'Neil, Kato Van Broeckhoven, Mohammed Bukar and Zoe Marks (2021) "Community Acceptance of Former Boko Haram Affiliates", MEAC Findings Report 7, United Nations University, New York.