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Thousands of refugees return to Syria from Jordan

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - October 06, 2015, 11h34
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Close to 4000 refugees returned to Syria from Jordan in August, about twice as many as the previous month, announced the Norwegian Refugee Council in Jordan on Tuesday. “This is a very worrying trend, showing how hard the situation is for many families in Syria´s neighbouring countries”, said Petr Kostohryz, Country Director for the NRC in Jordan.

The increase coincides with a sharp cut in food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan. In August, some 229,000 Syrian refugees in host communities already living below the national poverty line were told they would no longer receive food assistance, many others have had their support cut in half.

“Many families see no other alternative than to return to a war ravaged Syria, with the severe security risks that entails or to embark on a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. It is not a choice, but a desperate attempt to protect their families”, said Kostohryz.

More than 12,000 children have been killed in the war in Syria and every day bombs and fighting are claiming more civilian lives. The security environment is not conducive to return.

“It is unclear how many people are returning to Syria to travel onward to Turkey and Europe. Many people are telling us that they are going back to Syria to sell their property to get the funds they need to make the journey to Europe”, said Catherine Osborn, Protection Adviser at NRC.

The increase in returns continued in September. In mid-September a peak of 340 refugees returned in a single day, compared to a daily average of 120 in August and 60 in July, according to the UNHCR. There are also reports of hundreds of Syrians leaving daily through the international airport in Jordan, boarding flights to Istanbul – a first stop on the onward journey to Europe. 

“More than four years into the Syria conflict, more must be done to support the more than 4 million Syrian refugees in in the region. Syria´s neighbouring countries have been coping with this crisis alone for too long. We are making a strategic mistake which may haunt us for generations, when we fail to provide people with safety, education and hope for the future”, said Kostohryz.

Currently the UN and other organisations have received less then half of the assistance needed to support refugees in Syria´s neighbouring countries. 

In the last six months NRC has seen an increase in people, particularly Syrian youth, contacting our teams for information and counselling related to return and travels to other countries. 

“The region is at risk of loosing a whole generation of Syrians to conflict and far-flung displacement. Young Syrian refugees who are the ones supposed to eventually rebuild Syria are unable to continue their education or support their families. They see no future in the region,” said Osborn.

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