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153,000 Syrians Exited Jordan within a Year

153,000 Syrians Exited Jordan within a Year

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 - 08:30
Syrian refugees stand in line as they wait for aid packages at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed
Amman, London - Asharq Al-Awsat
Some 153,000 Syrians, including 33,000 who are registered as refugees with the UNHCR, have left Jordan to Syria since the Jaber-Nasib border crossing was reopened in mid-October of last year, the Jordanian Interior Ministry said.

In a statement from the ministry’s Syrian Refugees Affairs Directorate, the ministry reaffirmed the Kingdom's commitment to the principle of voluntary return of Syrian refugees and taking the necessary measures to facilitate their departure should they choose it.

The statement also underscored Jordan's commitment to adhering to the related international treaties and conventions in dealing with Syrian refugees, as well as continuing with the provision of basic services and needs, referring to past humanitarian and operational decisions to organize their entry and residence in the Kingdom.

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

Jordan and its northern neighbor reopened the Jaber-Nasib border crossing on October 15, 2018, after passenger and cargo traffic was halted for more than three years as a result of the escalating violence in the Syrian town of Nasib, just across the border station, some 80 km north of Amman.

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