UNHCR APPEALS FOR CONTINUED AID TO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN
AMMAN, Jordan, The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), on Wednesday, appealed to donors, to continue to fund programmes in host countries, like Jordan, at the same level as they did before.
“Support for Syria needs to be stepped up, but not at the expense of host countries,” Stefano Severe, UNHCR representative in Jordan said, in a statement.
“We anticipated that it is not so good in 2018, but now we are coming close to the end of the year, so we have seen sufficient support,” according to Severe.
“For 2019, we continue to be a little bit worried, especially as funding needs to rebuild Syria continue to grow. We can only encourage donors to continue to support us here in Jordan,” he added.
On the number of refugees returning to Syria, Severe said, from 2016 to Jun, 2018, when the border closed because of the offensive in southwestern Syria, around 17,000 refugees were recorded returning to Syria.
“We have seen peaks and troughs on the situation in certain areas in Syria. When the peace accord was signed in Aug, 2017, we saw a spike in the numbers of refugees going back. This year, however, before Jun, only 1,800 refugees have been recorded going back,” he said.
“At UNHCR, we managed to confirm and verify, through our database that, 3,852 refugees have returned to Syria, between Oct 15 and Dec 1,” he added.
Out of the 3,852 refugees who have returned, since the reopening of the Jaber border crossing between Jordan and Syria, around 50 percent are from the Daraa region, which has been relatively stable over the last few months, according to Severe.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/unhcr-appeals-for-continued-aid-to-syrian-refugees-in-jordan/General