Nearly 2,000 Iraqi migrants repatriated to Iraq in five flights: foreign minister

Migrants sit around a fire near a barbed wire fence in Grodno region, Belarus Nov. 8,2021.Leonid Scheglov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

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SULAIMANI — Iraq's Minister of Foreign Relations Fuad Hussein said on Monday (November 29) that 1,890 Iraqi migrants who were stranded in Belarus have been repatriated to the country in five separate flights.

The first repatriation flight from Minsk to Baghdad was on November 18.

Hussein told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television that the migrants left the country "in different ways” which made it difficult to determine their number.

He said that Iraqi authorities have arrested smuggling networks involved in smuggling Iraqis to Europe.

On Saturday, 420 Iraqi migrants arrived at Erbil International Airport from Belarus.

Thousands of migrants from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are currently stranded on the Poland-Belarus border, but others continue to use other routes through Turkey and southern Europe.

(NRT Digital Media)