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3,121 Syrian refugees left Jordan during the first eight months of this year to return to their country, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
According to UNHCR data, 539 refugees left Jordan last month to return to Syria.
UNHCR data reported the return of 24,383 Syrian refugees from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq to Syria in 2023. In 2022,
the number of Syrian refugees returning to Syria from various countries hosting refugees reached 50,966, compared to 35,624 in 2021, 38,235 in 2020, and 94,971 in 2019.
The daily rate of return to Syria this year is 100, while the monthly rate is 3048 UNHCR
. His Majesty King Abdullah II said on Tuesday that the future of Syrian refugees is in their country, not in the host countries. But he added that the refugees are far from returning now.
The king expected that more Syrians would leave their country as the crisis continued. He said that Jordan would neither have the capacity nor the resources to host and care for more of them.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Al-Safadi, said last month that providing conditions for the return of Syrian refugees to their country is a major priority that the Kingdom will continue to work with all parties to achieve.
The total number of returnees from 2016 until the end of last month reached 378,243 Syrian refugees, including 67,860 from Jordan.
Jordan has hosted more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, including about 655,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR, as of September 3, 2023. The United Nations Resident Coordinator
in Jordan, Sherry Ritsema-Anderson, told Al-Mamlaka in July that The situation does not allow for the voluntary return of refugees to Syria in the near future, and appropriate conditions do not exist.
Ritsema-Anderson explained that the United Nations is working with the parties concerned to promote solutions to the Syrian crisis, in accordance with United Nations resolutions.
A survey carried out by the United Nations and published in June reported that 1.1% of Syrian refugees in four Arab countries want to return to their country within a year.
The study showed that 97% of the Syrian refugees in Jordan participating in the study do not intend to return to their country within the next 12 months, compared to 2.4% who have not yet decided.