Dangerous Ground: Syria’s refugees face an uncertain future

Dangerous Ground
Syria’s refugees face an uncertain future
Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, CARE International, International Rescue Committee, Danish Refugee Council and Durable Solutions Platform

The conflict in Syria has resulted in the displacement of half the pre-war population, with more than five million refugees now residing in Syria’s neighbouring countries. While the situation in Syria is far from safe, host governments started to openly contemplate the return of refugees to Syria in 2017. In this report, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, CARE International, the International Rescue Committee, the Danish Refugee Council and the Durable Solutions Platform warn that the prevailing focus in securing the return of refugees can seriously undermine their safety and dignity in neighbouring countries by creating push factors for forced returns in the future. This also threatens to limit the options for making a life beyond the region through resettlement or other safe and legal routes.

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