ERBIL — Around 430 more migrants from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region voluntarily returned from Belarus to Erbil on Thursday.
A total of 427 migrants were safely repatriated by Iraqi Airways from Minsk International Airport to Erbil, weeks after they traveled to Belarus in hopes of reaching western European countries through Poland.
With the sixth evacuation flight on Thursday, the total number of citizens of Iraq and Kurdistan so far brought home from Belarus reached 2,321.
Thousands of Kurdish men, women, and children still remain among migrants stuck on the borders between Belarus and Poland for weeks, as the EU rejected to take them in.
The Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations said earlier the day that the flight would repatriate the migrants who voluntarily apply to return home as Erbil and Baghdad reject forced deportation of their citizens from other countries.