Do refugees return home?

After living in exile, fleeing war, conflict, or persecution, many refugees dream of repatriating to their home country. The decision to return to one’s home country will depend on several factors, with safety being the top priority.

After living in exile, fleeing war, conflict, or persecution, many refugees dream of repatriating to their home country. The decision to return to one’s home country will depend on several factors, with safety being the top priority. In the period between 2015 and 2020, 2.2 million refugees and 23.9 million internally displaced persons returned to their area of origin.

Today, displacement situations tend to be more protracted. This is because wars and conflicts also tend to be increasingly long-lasting, which means that fewer refugees and internally displaced persons can return home.

In 2020, 3.4 million displaced people returned to their area of origin – 3.2 million of those were internally displaced people and 251.000 were refugees.