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More than 5,000 immigrants leave Greece

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The latest data released by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that many foreign third country nationals had left Greece and returned voluntarily to their countries of origin between the start of 2016 and November 7.

It is estimated that the number exceed 5,300  with approximately 1,193 persons returned to Afghanistan, 1,040 to Morocco, 934 to Iraq, 577 to Iran and 472 to Pakistan.

The repatriations were held within the context of the “Government assisted repatriation programme including reintegration measures” carried out by IOM Greece in cooperation with the Interior Ministry.

The programme is 75 percent financed by European funds and 25 percent by national funds.