More than 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home in the first seven months of 2017, the United Nations migration agency and partners have found.
Findings by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners show that 84 per cent of the people returning had been displaced within Syria, and the rest returned from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Refugees returning from Turkey and Jordan reportedly returned mainly to Aleppo and Al Hasakeh Governorates.
An estimated 27 per cent of the returnees stated that they did so to protect their assets or properties and 25 per cent referred to the improved economic situation in their area of origin.
Other factors included the worsening economic situation in the place where they were seeking refuge.