IOM: Over 5,300 migrants returned voluntarily to their countries in 2016

In figures announced on Wednesday, the International Migration Organisation (IOM) reported that 5,328 third country nationals had left Greece and returned voluntarily to their countries of origin between the start of 2016 and November 7.

Of these, 1,193 persons returned to Afghanistan, 1,040 to Morocco, 934 to Iraq, 577 to Iran and 472 to Pakistan.
The repatriations were held within the context of the “Government assisted repatriation programme including reintegration measures” carried out by IOM Greece in cooperation with the Interior Ministry. The programme is 75 percent financed by European funds and 25 percent by national funds.