Beirut: Decades ago Syrian people left their homeland and migrated to various countries due to terror attacks across the country.
In what has been rather the years, the Syrian people were living in Lebanon and now the refugees were returning to Syria under a voluntary programme coordinated by Lebanon’s General Security, the agency responsible for safeguarding the country’s borders.
Lebanon is home to more than 800,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR (the UN refugee agency).
They fled the violence in the aftermath of protests against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in 2011.
At its peak, Lebanon hosted approximately 1.2 million registered refugees.
In 2018, the General Security agency launched a mechanism through which any Syrian refugee could signal a desire to return home and liaise with Syrian authorities to ensure that individual was not wanted there.
That saw approximately 400,000 Syrians return home but was put on hold with the outbreak of COVID-19. Outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun revived it this month, and it resumed on Wednesday.