Over 2,500 Syrian refugees leave Jordan, UNHCR data shows

Zaatari Refugee Camp. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A total of 2,582 Syrian refugees departed Jordan during the initial seven months of this year to return to their homeland, as per data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).اضافة اعلان

UNHCR's figures show that 20,061 Syrian refugees returned to Syria from various host countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq, throughout 2023, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.  In the preceding year, the count of Syrian refugees who went back to Syria from different host nations amounted to 50,966, compared to 35,624 in 2021, 38,235 in 2020, and 94,971 in 2019.

Current daily return of 95 individuals
The current daily return rate to Syria stands at 95 individuals, with a corresponding monthly average of 2,866, as indicated by UNHCR data.

Practical and immediate measures
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, underlined the urgency of implementing practical and immediate measures to establish the essential conditions for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees to their homeland. He called upon relevant United Nations organizations to expedite the initiation of these measures.

Safadi, during his meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, stressed the ongoing necessity of collaborating with the Syrian government and the international community to ensure the return of around 1,000 Syrian refugees. This effort seeks to establish a foundation for a comprehensive plan aimed at promoting the voluntary return of refugees.

He emphasized that the provision of suitable conditions for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland is a primary priority, and Jordan will continue to work with all parties involved to achieve this goal.

The cumulative total
The cumulative total of returning refugees since 2016 up to the end of the previous month reached 373,912 Syrian refugees, out of which 67,312 are from Jordan.

Sherri Ritsima-Anderson, the UN Resident Coordinator in Jordan, stated last month that the current circumstances do not allow for the immediate voluntary return of refugees to Syria. She noted that the necessary conducive conditions are not yet in place.

Ritsima-Anderson further explained that the UN is collaborating with concerned parties to enhance solutions for the Syrian crisis, in alignment with United Nations resolutions.

1.1 percent expressed an intention to return
A survey conducted by the UN and published in June revealed that 1.1 percent of Syrian refugees in four Arab countries expressed an intention to return to their homeland within a year.

97 percent have no immediate plans
The study disclosed that 97 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan who participated in the survey have no immediate plans to return to their homeland within the next 12 months. In contrast, 2.4 percent have not yet reached a decision.

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Jordan has provided refuge to over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, including approximately 655,000 who are officially registered with UNHCR as of August 16, 2023.

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