DARAMSUQ (DAMASCUS) – The Syriac-Chaldean Minister of Immigration and Displacement of Iraq Evan Faiq Jabro met her Syrian counterparts in the Ba’ath regime on Thursday in the Syrian capital Daramsuq (Damascus). Jabro sat down with Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf, who also heads the agency which deals with the return of displaced Syrians, and Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled Rahmoun on the displaced persons dossier.
Evan Jabro stressed the need to deepen cooperation between the Iraqi and Syrian ministries to facilitate the voluntary return of Syrians in Iraq and Iraqi nationals in Syria. Her counterparts said that displaced persons are a priority for their government, which is keen to assist and facilitate all the requirements for a safe return of Iraqi citizens living in Syria and vice versa.
There is not much the Syrian Ministers can offer Minister Evan Jabro. Syria and its Ba’ath regime are bankrupt. There is a shortage of everything for the impoverished population. The divided country is suffering from high inflation and international sanctions, and still has a long road ahead to rebuild its destroyed infrastructure and cities.
War, violence, and political deadlock in Syria have entered their tenth year. Six million Syrians are estimated to be internally displaced in Syria. And an equal number is estimated to live as refugees in neighboring countries Turkey (3.66 million refugees), Lebanon (865 thousand), Jordan (665 thousand), Iraq (244 thousand Syrians), and Egypt (143 thousand).
Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shows there are some 244 thousand displaced Syrians in Iraq. The Kurdish Region in Iraq has taken in almost all the Syrian refugees.