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Jordan, a country of roughly 10 million people, is currently home to nearly 3 million refugees from various countries.However, the number of Syrian refugees seeking sanctuary in Jordan has drastically increased since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011 . UNHCR registered Syrian refugees now stands at more than 650 thousand people. Lately, more Syrian refugees from Jordan are returning to Syria; the UNHCR remarked on the "notable trend of spontaneous returns". Since July, around 1,000 Syrian refugees return to Syria from Jordan every month; in part due to the de-escalation zone, established by the U.S., Russia and Jordan, across southwest Syria. In the case of Syrian refugees, many conditions in Jordan are pushing Syrians back to their homeland before conditions are stable. Are Syrian refugees returning to Syria prematurely?In early 2017, an estimated 93 percent of all refugees living outside of camps in Jordan were below the poverty line, and one in six Syrian refugee households in Jordan live in abject poverty.In addition to the conditions in Jordan driving out refugees, conditions in Syria are pulling refugees back into Syria.
Getting the cart and horse in order on U.S.-Syria policy
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