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How many Americans the State Dept. has brought home during the pandemic

The State Department is urging Americans to return home to the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic forces increasing numbers of countries to close their borders. Already, though, the U.S has been successful in bringing back tens of thousands of people to their native countries. 

In a press conference on March 31, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said 27,000 people had been repatriated to the U.S. since the first group of people flew back from Wuhan, China—where the virus was first discovered—in February.

But Pompeo’s figures have grown dramatically. As of June 4, 100,254 Americans have been repatriated via return flights. The range of countries includes the 10,437 U.S. citizens repatriated from Peru (the most of any country in the world) and the 8,376 from Honduras to just one from the Marshall Islands and two from Brunei. Here’s the complete list of countries from which citizens were brought home.

The State Department is still working to bring Americans back, according to Pompeo. 

“Never in the department’s 230-year history have we led a worldwide evacuation of such enormous geographic complexity and such geographic scale,” Pompeo said at his press conference. “We have no higher duty to the American people than to pull this off …

“At the same time, I want to deliver a message to Americans who are still abroad. We remain steadfast and committed to getting you all back. We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate. We can’t guarantee the U.S. government’s ability to arrange chartered flights indefinitely where commercial options no longer exist. I urge Americans to register with their nearest embassy at step.state.gov and work your way back here. Americans abroad who wish to return home should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that.”

Sources: Politico, State Department, State Department Repatriation Statistics, Dallas Morning News


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