The myth of return

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This article is featured in ORIENT IV 2020

The Syrian conflict is far from over and the return of Syrian refugees is not indicative of mass influx into the country. Syrian refugees and their return have been instrumentalised and used as a political card and refugees should not be forced to return, as this would lead to further displacement and turmoil. Effective and consistent policies based on human rights, justice and accountability must be the driving factors for return. Both the return and reconstruction process in Syria must always be linked to genuine political resettlement in the country.

Kholoud Mansour is a MENA Senior Analyst at iMMAP and affiliated researcher with the Center of Middle of Eastern Studies CMES at Lund University.
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