When a country repatriates people, they are usually refugees who are being sent back to their homeland, often against their wishes.

It is possible for a person to repatriate himself, choosing to return to a country he's left for political or economic reasons, but the verb repatriate is more often used to mean "send refugees home." It might sound like a modern political term, but repatriate has been used since the 1600s. It comes from the Latin word repatriare, "return to one's own country," from the prefix re, "back," and patria, "native land."

Definitions of repatriate
  1. verb
    send someone back to his homeland against his will, as of refugees
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    type of:
    deliver, deport, extradite
    hand over to the authorities of another country
  2. verb
    admit back into the country
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    deport, exile, expatriate
    expel from a country
    type of:
    admit, allow in, intromit, let in
    allow to enter; grant entry to
  3. noun
    a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored
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    type of:
    a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
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