IOM: 2,026 migrants returned to homelands in October
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.