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UN says over 88 refugees returned to Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia —The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNCHR) says 88,488 refugee returnees have returned to Somalia since 2014 under voluntary repatriation.

This figure includes voluntary repatriation from Kenya (83,191) and Assisted Spontaneous returnees from Yemen (3,953) as well as 1,344 returnees from other countries such as Djibouti (783), Libya (373), Sudan (143), Eritrea (34), Pakistan, Gambia, Angola, Cambodia and others. Somali refugees from these or other countries who return spontaneously without assistance from the UNHCR are not included.

83,191 refugee returnees from Kenya (2014 – 2019)

Data on destinations for returnees from Kenya is generally based on the place of initial return. In the case of arrivals by road convoy in 2017, the final destination declared on arrival is used.

3,953 refugee returnees from Yemen (2015 – 2019)

In addition to the 3,684 Assisted Spontaneous Returns since 2017, some approximately 40,000 Somalis were monitored as arriving from Yemen since March 2015.

1,344 refugee returnees from other countries (2015 – 2019)

Returns from other countries include Djibouti (783), Libya (373), Sudan (143), Eritrea (34),
Pakistan, Gambia, Angola, Cambodia and others.

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