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Published on December 10th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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Nearly 715,000 Syrian Displaced Returned Home Between January and October 2017

Between January and October 2017, a total of 714,278 internally displaced Syrians returned to their places of origin within Syria.

The majority of those returning had been displaced within Syria with 58  per cent having returned from Aleppo Governorate, many of whom were returning to another area within Aleppo, and 12  per cent from Ar-Raqqa Governorate. In addition, the top three sub-districts where people returned to were located in Aleppo Governorate (Jebel Saman, Al Bab and Al-Khafsa).

Out of the total number of people who returned home, 37,635 were displaced again, after their return. Again, March experienced the most displacement of those, who had returned.

Some 96.3 per cent returned to their own house, many of which are damaged and in need of extensive repair. The rest settled with hosts from their places of origin (2.4 per cent), in abandoned houses (1.0 per cent), rented accommodation (0.16 per cent) and informal settlements (0.01per cent).

The amount of people returning was generally higher in the first half of the year, which was around the time that the Government of Syria retook Aleppo city, and that other sub-districts in Aleppo Governorate were liberated from ISIL control. March was the month with the highest number of returns so far in 2017 with over 113,000 movements.

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