Syrian Refugees: What Options Do They Have?

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Wed 9 August / Aug 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

Millions of Syrian refugees still hope to return to their homes despite the humanitarian catastrophe which has struck them and the war there.

A survey, conducted by the programme “the Voice of Young Syrian Refugees”, published by AlGhad, in brief, Wednesday, shows that half of the surveyed refugee youths, in Jordan and Lebanon, have high hopes, somewhat, of returning home once the war is over and ISIS are defeated.

Of course, the remainder half aren’t so sure of this possibility, and would rather immigrate to a third country.

Their top preferences were Canada and the US.

Surprisingly, 71 per cent of the sampled refugees do not see Bashar Assad’s ousting as a primary prerequisite for their return or for the attainment of peace.

Contrarily, only 27 per cent of them think his removal from office is.

This result means that most of the Syrians have fallen victim of a struggle which opposes their very basic interests in stability and security at home, regardless of the regime.

More so, regardless of their position on the regime.

However, it also suggests in the meantime, that the propositions for resolving the Syrian crisis, with the current regime in office, is actually finding favour among so many refugees.

This is, of course, despite the common perception that refugees are mostly comprised of sectarian and social components opposing of the regime in Syria.

Likewise, these results go in harmony with the aspirations of host countries, Jordan and Lebanon particularly, in regards to expediting the refugees’ return to Syria.

Needless to say, this also helps alleviate some of the heavy pressures on the two countries’ economies and infrastructure.

The return of over a million Syrian refugees to Syria, from Jordan, means a lot to a country suffering economic suffocation and water shortages, not mention basic resources.

On the other hand, it is hard to ignore the other half of the refugees, who do not want to go home to their countries, ever.

If anything, this only reflects the scale of the calamity, caused by the Syrian conflict.

Voluntarily, so many youth, whom are the backbone of society, choose to willingly immigrate and integrate in foreign societies.

The war in Syria has cost thousands of youths their lives, next to thousands more missing, in jail, or involved in one of the armed groups, if not terrorist organisations.

Millions have been driven away from their homes, wanting to never go back.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Syria is really losing its youths.

The reconstruction, after the war is over, will be extremely difficult, as Syrians come together in refuge overseas.

In time, this may change.

Perhaps, the passage of years to come will renew hopes of return in the hearts of millions of youths, once their countries stabilise.

It is crucial, I think, that host countries encourage Syrians to go home, instead of making it easier for them to migrate.

De-escalation (safe) zones have restored a hope in relative stability throughout Syria.

It has also encouraged so many refugees to go instead of otherwise leaving.

The ceasefire in Daraa and vicinity, which was struck here in Amman, has lit up the horizon for the return of refugees.

News reports indicate that the Zaatri camp refugees are seriously beginning to consider returning to their homes, after the situation there has relatively stabilised.

The best service we could offer the Syrians is to help rid them of the terrorists and stop the pointless war, to fast-forward their return.

The sooner they begin their journey for rebuilding and civil peace, after years of death and destruction, the sooner they will have a home.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.