KYIV, June 29 – More than 5.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes in Ukraine, while the overall number of IDPs remains high at over 6.2 million, according to the latest report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
About half of those who had left their homes due to the war since February 24 have now returned, especially to the North of the country and to the capital Kyiv. The number of returns has grown significantly – by 24% – over the last month. Most returnees have returned to their homes from other locations within Ukraine and about three-quarters of those people plan to stay. Only 10% of people are returning to Ukraine from abroad. Considering the situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile, and despite a majority of all returnees (internally displaced and coming from abroad) indicating their intention to stay in their homes (74%), returns may not be long-term," the IOM said in a press release.