Palestinians made refugees again!
The brutal Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on the protesters, who have been taking to street to get rid of the autocratic regime, has not only inflicted unacceptable toll on the Syrian people but has also triggered a new wave of Palestinian refugees.
It is the destiny of those refugees to live in a permanent state of refuge. Palestinian refugees in Syrian are estimated to be 480,000.
With the continued influx of refugees from Syria, Jordan was alerted that the many refugees entering the country from Syria were in fact Palestinians.
It is worth mentioning that Jordan hosts some two millions Palestinians refugees and several hundred displaced. Therefore, receiving a new wave of refugees is a source of concerns in Amman.
|Nobody likes you guys. Ever wonder why?|
But given the delicate demographic balance in Jordan, Jordanians are sensitive toward having new Palestinians refugees. There is a strong political current in Jordan that oppose resettling the Palestinians in Jordan calling for them to be given the opportunity to practice their right of return.
Against this, Amman cannot afford to be seen as encouraging the settlement of Palestinian refugees outside Palestine. For Jordan, the problem of dealing with Syrian refugees is complex as a considerable percentage of the refugees are Palestinians.
Sources from the Jordanian Ministry of Interior say that Jordan is considering establishing a buffer zone to place Palestinians refugees. Some 17 Palestinian refugees entered Jordan but they were put in places designated for Syrian refugees. A few days ago, Jordan's Minister of Interior visited Ramallah to discuss with the Palestinian Authority the issue of Palestinian refugees coming from Syria.
|It certainly would make life interesting if it's decided to resettle this lot in the West Bank... and the diminishing donations from the UN and elsewhere have to be shared with half a million unrelated newcomers with neither the education nor the skills of the 'natives'.|
Posted by: Steve White