IOM: 2,026 mi­grants re­turned to home­lands in Oc­to­ber

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Thou­sands of mi­grants have left Greece and re­turned to their home coun­tries within the frame­work of an as­sisted vol­un­tary re­turn and rein­te­gra­tion pro­gram op­er­ated by the International Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion, the agency said yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the IOM, 2,026 mi­grants were repa­tri­ated in Oc­to­ber, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of re­turns so far this year to 15,954. The ma­jor­ity of those who re­turned to their home­lands were Al­ba­ni­ans (1,153), fol­lowed by Afghans, Pak- is­ta­nis, Iraqis, Ge­or­gians, Al­ge­ri­ans, Ira­ni­ans and Moroc­cans.

Mean­while, Greek au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day said the num­ber of refugees and mi­grants stranded on the coun­try’s eastern Aegean is­lands rose above 15,000 over the weekend. Gov­ern­ment fig­ures showed 6,147 in­di­vid­u­als were stay­ing at mi­grant fa­cil­i­ties on Lesvos, await­ing ei­ther the out­come of their asy­lum claims or de­por­ta­tion. A to­tal 4,210 were on Chios, 2,707 on Samos, 2,016 on Kos and 826 on Leros.

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