As the border crossings between Syria and its neighbouring countries begin to open, Syrian refugees are returning home in greater numbers.
As the security situation in many parts of Syria begins to stabilise, hundreds of Syrians living in refugee camps in nearby countries are returning to their homes across the borders.According to some estimates, since the reopening of the Nasib-Jabber border crossing, which links Syria to Jordan, thousands of Syrian refugees have returned to their homes.
Recently, over 700 refugees returned to their homes from Jordan and Lebanon.The security authorities at the Nasib border crossing say that at least 635 Syrians have returned to their homes in the past 24 hours.
“We run three daily flights to Syria, and there is a huge demand for flights,” said Riyadh, a Jordanian trip supervisor. “People of different nationalities are willing to travel to Syria back and forth, Jordanians, Syrians, Arabs, and Europeans.”
Despite the numerous hardships faced by returnees, they say that being back in Syria is better than living in refugee camps scattered across the region.
Residents of the Rukban refugee camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border say they lack the necessities of life. According to estimated by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the camp, which was established in 2014 hosts more than 50,0000 refugees currently. The camp has become notorious for the lack of aid available for those in the camps, resulting in the deaths of dozens of refugees over the years. During this past winter alone, at least 35 women and children died in the camp due to the poor weather conditions and lack of aid in the camp. This prompted the UN to make a plea to both governments to allow them to deliver aid to the residents.
Soon after the UN’s request was approved and they were able to deliver 845,000 food baskets in addition to medicine to the refugees residing there.
With no definite solution for Syrian refugees in sight, Syrians hope that the country’s situation stabilises so that they can at least return to their homes.