Fifty Iraqi migrants return home voluntarily
Fifty asylum seekers travelled home to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, voluntarily on 2 September. They had been living in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The returnees are participants of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme.
Didier Leschi, head of the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), told AFP that each migrant received EUR 1,800 (about USD 2,130) as part of the programme. They will get EUR 3,000 (approximately USD 3,550) once they arrive home and begin the supported reintegration process.
Previously, on 6 August, a total of 134 Iraqi migrants returned home voluntarily from Greece.
TMP _ 8/9/2020
Photo credit: Office Français de l’Immigration et Intégration
Photo caption: France and Germany send back iraqi migrants home