Refuge No More: The Danger of Forced Return to Syria

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Syrians have found refuge outside of the country, predominantly in the Middle East and Europe. Over the last decade, European states have also encountered growing domestic turmoil over immigration and xenophobia. Despite domestic pressure to lower refugee admittance, states are bound by international refugee law to protect those who face credible threats in their home country. In response, SJAC is launching a report highlighting the conditions in Syria, obstacles to return, and states’ responsibilities under the law. The report will also explore whether Syria is safe for refugees to return and the barriers that may limit return.