GENEVA – A total of 602,759 Syrians, 84 percent of whom were internally displaced, have returned to their places of origin between January and July 2017, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.
The remaining 16 percent returned from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
The refugees coming from Turkey and Jordan returned mainly to the provinces of Aleppo and al-Hasaka.
According to IOM, the return of the displaced and refugees has been largely spontaneous but not necessarily voluntary, secure or sustainable.
Only 11 percent of those who returned home did so because of an improved security situation, while 27 percent returned to protect their property and 25 percent reported an improvement in the economic situation in their places of origin.
However, 14 percent returned because of the deterioration of their economic situation in the place where they were received and 11 percent for social or cultural reasons, political affiliations or obstacles in their integration.