97% of Syrian refugees in Jordan unwilling to return home in next year — survey

Zaatari refugee camp
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AMMAN — A survey conducted by the UNHCR revealed that the vast majority of Syrian refugees in Jordan are unwilling to return to their home country in the next year. اضافة اعلان

The survey, which also assessed refugee sentiments in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq, highlights the challenges faced by refugees and their hopes for better living conditions, according to Ammon News.

Refugees in Jordan resolute to stayThe UNHCR survey indicates that 97 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan have no intention of returning to Syria within the next 12 months.

The survey findings also shed light on the difficulties faced by refugees in Jordan, particularly in meeting their basic needs. A staggering 86 percent of respondents in Jordan reported being unable to fulfill their own and their families' basic requirements.

Refugee sentiments in other countries
Similar sentiments were echoed among refugees in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon, albeit to a slightly lesser extent. In Egypt, 95 percent of respondents expressed no intention of returning to Syria in the next year, while in Iraq, the figure stood at 94 percent. In Lebanon, 91 percent of refugees stated their desire to remain in the host country.

Although most refugees in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon expressed their plans to stay in their current locations, a significant number still expressed aspirations to move to a third country.

These hopes were primarily fueled by the pursuit of better living conditions, followed by the desire to reunite with family members residing abroad and the pursuit of education.

Compared to the previous year's survey, a growing number of respondents expressed hopes for resettlement in a third country.

Longing to return home
Despite their current circumstances, the majority of refugees still hold onto the hope of someday returning to their homes in Syria.

The survey results reveal the ongoing difficulties encountered by the majority of Syrian refugees in the host countries. Approximately 90 percent of respondents stated that they lack a source of income to cover their basic needs and those of their families.

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