Around 153,000 Syrians have returned to their country from Jordan since the reopening of a key border post last October, the Ministry of Interior of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan announced on Tuesday, September 17th, AFP has reported.
The ministry reiterated its commitment to "voluntary returns of Syrian refugees" and to easing "necessary steps for their departure from the kingdom" adding that of the 153,000 who returned via the Jaber border post, around 33,000 had refugee status with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
More than 650,000 Syrian refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Jordan, which shares a 370-kilometre (230-mile) border with Syria.
Amman says it has welcomed as many as 1.3 million Syrian refugees since the start of the neighbouring Arab country's conflict in 2011.
The Jaber border post, called Nassib on the Syrian side, is the main passage between the two countries and used to serve as a hub for regional trade.
In July 2018, it was retaken from rebels in a Russian-backed offensive by Syrian government forces.
Jordan’s authorities and host communities contributed substantially to the protection and assistance of all refugees in 2013 by providing essential services, such as health, education and shelter.
The Jordanian Government has maintained safe and open borders for people fl-eeing the Syrian crisis, provided Za’atri and Azraq as refugee camps, and contributed to the protection and security of these camps through its Syrian Refugee Camp Directorate.