600,000 in total in just six months
The western media claimed a Syrian-Russian victory in Aleppo would be an unparalleled humanitarian disaster that would send shockwaves as far as Europe.
Instead the exact opposite happened. The residents, including those in rebel-held east Aleppo, greeted the Syrian army victory, and now an agency affiliated with the UN reports 600.000 displaced Syrians have been able to return to their homes in 2017, 400.000 of those to Aleppo and the surrounding countryside:
" According to a study by the International Organization for Migration (a United Nations body), some 602,759 displaced Syrians have been returned to their homes of which about two-thirds of that number specifically resettled in Aleppo Governorate.
"The period of time the study accounts for is from January to June 2017. Of the 602,759 returned Syrians, approximately 84 percent were internally displaced and the remaining sixteen percent were displaced in Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.
The study found that two of the biggest regions that had seen the resettlement of displaced Syrians were the provinces of Aleppo and Hama in which 405,420 and 75,209 people (respectively) were returned.
Furthermore, regarding Aleppo Governorate, the UN report specified that 97 percent of all returned people actually settled into their original homes. The remaining three percent were said to be renting, living in abandoned households or staying in informal refugee camps.
Don't expect the EU to send Russia a thank-you note for alleviating the refugee crisis.