Syrian official in Amman urges refugees to return home

The Chargé d'Affaires at the Damascus Embassy in Amman urged Syrian refugees in Jordan to return home, assuring them that all measures were taken to ensure safe and facilitated homecoming, The Jordan Times reported Thursday (October 3rd).

During a meeting with a delegation of Syrian tribal leaders, Chargé d’Affaires Shafiq Dayoub said the general pardon law Damascus issued in September last year "opened the door to the return of all refugees, regardless of their conditions and the circumstances surrounding their departure from Syria".

The delegation comprised notables from Daraa, al-Raqa and Aleppo, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Dayoub said the Syrian Embassy in Amman is open to all Syrians and provides all consulate services and documents needed to enable the return of refugees.

He said a total of 155,000 Syrians in Jordan have returned home since the re-opening of the Nassib-Jaber border crossing between the two countries in October 2018, 32,000 of which are registered as refugees, according to the UNHCR.

Jordan has consistently voiced its commitment to the principle of voluntary return of Syrian refugees and has taken the necessary measures to facilitate their departure.

A recent UNHCR survey showed that 75.2% of Syrian refugees in regional countries expressed their wish for voluntary repatriation.

But many still fear to return because of the Syrian regime's detention and forcible disappearance of thousands since the outbreak of the revolution.

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