Nearly half a million Syrians return home in first half of 2017

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, released an article today detailing how 440.000 Syrian refugees have returned home in the first 6 months of 2017.

Syrian refugees have presented a controversial topic in most European countries, with most member states of the EU agreeing to house various numbers of refugees within their borders.

The slow but increasing return of refugees have initially been attributed to a wish of being re-united with family members and either a real or perceived improvement of conditions..

The majority of the 440.0000 refugees are internally displaced Syrians, meaning they have initially taken refuge in other parts of the country, however the UNHCR remain optimistic that as the internally displaced return home, border crossing refugees will follow. The UN estimates that since 2015

As a result of the increase in refugees returning home, the UN are ramping up its operations inside Syria to aid the returnees and work on improving conditions for others who wish to return home. While the UN calls the improvements seen so far uncertain, the perception of increased presence and security is hoped to bring more Syrians home.

The majority of the 440.000 have returned home to cities like Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus, areas that recently have been affected by conflict and are far from stable.

The UNHCR has appealed for additional funds totaling $304 Million to assist the refugee situation, of that, approximately 33% have been received so far.

The full statement from the UNHCR can be read here.

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