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As the Syrian war inches closer toward its eighth year, continuing to displace Syrians, the West is collectively resettling fewer Syrian refugees – beginning with the EU-Turkey refugee deal in March 2016 and continuing with President Donald Trump's push to resettle Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon instead of the United States.Despite the staggeringly high 5.5 million registered Syrian refugees and an estimated 6.5 million IDPs in 2016 – and an additional 200,000 displaced from northwest Syria alone since December 2017 – the total number of Syrians who were resettled in Western countries dropped from roughly 48,000 in 2016 to 30,000 in 2017 . Approximately 8,500 refugees that the Jordanian authorities transferred to the Azraq refugee camp from Rukban – an informal IDP camp on Jordan's northern border where many Syrians fled from areas held by Daesh – are reportedly also being detained in a separate section within the camp with little to no freedom of mobility until security checks confirm they do not pose a security threat – an effort to mitigate the infiltration of potential Syrians with terrorist links.
Jordan’s interest in seeing a stable Syria
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