United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Jordan announcement at a press conference with Jordanian media on Sunday that 5,500 Syrian refugees had left Jordan and returned to Syria in 2021, a small fraction of the total number of Syrian refugees living in Jordan. UNHCR said that while many more wanted to return to Syria in 2021, they were unable to do so due to continued violence and instability due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan hosts the second highest number of Syrian refugees in the world, with UNHCR indicating that 672,952 Syrian refugees were living in Jordan as of December 31, 2021. Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt make up the remainder of the 5.7 million Syrian refugees who fled the civil war. war, with Turkey hosting the majority.
UNHCR Jordan Representative Dominik Bartsch provided further details on Jordanian TV, saying the Syrian political landscape was too volatile for many to consider a return, and the threat of compulsory military service was deterring many young people. to come back.
Mr Bartsch also addressed recent coverage of Middle Eastern refugees stranded in Belarus, saying UNHCR was running awareness campaigns among Syrian refugees advising them of the potential dangers of traveling to Europe without official UN resettlement.
Millions of Syrian refugees have been leak Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2010, creating the world’s largest refugee crisis in decades. Many refugees live in extreme poverty, supported only by international aid and benefits from their host countries.