ERBIL — More than 420 migrants landed early on Saturday in Erbil after weeks on the Belarus-Poland border where they lost hope to be allowed to enter the EU.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil confirmed the arrival of the migrants at 05:00 a.m. and reiterated the KRG’s commitment "to return every Kurdish individual who aims to return to the Kurdistan Region”.
Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation said Saturday’s flight was the fourth since last week when the KRG and Iraqi Federal Government began the evacuation of migrants who volunteered to return home.
So far, according to the ministry, 1,458 migrants have returned to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and more flights will be organized in the coming days.
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that a repatriation flight with 431 Kurds and Iraqis on board will touch down the same day in the evening, and another flight with 430 returnees is expected to arrive on Saturday.
Iraq’s consul for Russia and Belarus, Majid Kinani, told Sputnik last Thursday that over 1,000 migrants had officially requested to return to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.