The Russian military has said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing the seven-year conflict.
As reported by AP, Moscow and the government in Damascus have been encouraging refugees to repatriate, arguing that the violence has subsided.
Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters on Friday November 16th that nearly 6,000 people have returned to Syria in the last week alone. He said they are seeing large waves of refugees returning home.
The conflict has caused nearly half Syria's population to be displaced, with an estimated 6 million internally displaced and 5.6 million leaving for neighbouring countries and Europe and registering with the United Nations Refugee Agency.