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    Over Half of Young Syrian Refugees Doubt Prospect of Returning Home - Poll

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    Over half (54 percent) of Syrian refugees aged from 18 to 24 doubt that they will return to their home country, a fresh poll revealed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the poll carried out by ASDA`A Burson-Marsteller, 42 percent of young Syrian refugees have not ruled out the possibility of returning home.

    As for the countries where Syrian refugees would like to live, those surveyed named Canada, the United State and the United Arab Emirates as top choices.

    Forty-seven percent of the respondents said that the end of war was the key factor for returning back to Syria, while the defeat of Daesh terrorist group was named the second most important factor.

    The poll revealed that 77 percent of the respondents were sure that the terrorist group was becoming weaker.

    Over 70 percent of young refugees believe that the end of hostilities, rather than the dismissal of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is more important for peace and stability in the region.

    The poll was conducted between February 7 and March 7 among 400 Syrian refugees currently residing in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

    Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for over six years with the government troops fighting against terrorist groups, as well as numerous armed rebel factions. The war caused severe damage to the country’s economy and infrastructure. According to UN official figures over five million people have fled Syria to Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Europe since 2011, while over 6.3 million have been internally displaced.


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