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Press Release | April 6, 2023

CENTCOM Welcomes Recent Repatriation Efforts


Apr. 06, 2023

Release Number 20230406-1


TAMPA, Fla. – Over the past week, Norway and Canada repatriated residents from the al-Hol and al Roj camps for internally displaced persons in northeast Syria. A total of 19 residents – six women and 13 children – were repatriated back to their countries of origin.

This return of camp residents to their respective countries is part of an ongoing international effort to rehabilitate, repatriate, and reintegrate the more than 50,000 individuals from more than 60 countries who remain in these camps in northeast Syria.

“CENTCOM appreciates international leaders working to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis in these camps,” said Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, CENTCOM commander. “These camps represent not only a flashpoint of human suffering but also an enduring security risk as the more than 30,000 children housed in them are in danger of ISIS indoctrination on a daily basis. The only long-term solution to this crisis is the successful rehabilitation, repatriation, and reintegration of al Hol and al Roj camp residents back to their countries of origin.”