REPORT: FORCIBLY RELOCATION

From the abundant findings of interviews, assessments and programme activities that INTERSOS is conducting with Syrian refugees in Jordan, it has emerged that one of the main concern is being forcibly returned to Syria and/or relocated to Azraq Camp.

According to an estimate, from April 2014 to November 2016 approximately 20,000 Syrian refugees were relocated to Jordanian refugee camps, the vast majority to the remote facilities of Azraq camp, as Zaatari Camp had long since reached maximum capacity.

The risk of being forcibly relocated is not heightened by a particular category of refugee, geographical area, legal status, age or gender of the Syrian refugee population. On the contrary, any Syrian refugee appears to be at risk of forcible relocation.

Concerning age and gender, the relocated individuals ranged from several month-old babies to grandmothers in their sixties. Several qualitative findings indicate, as well, that health issues or a particular vulnerability do not necessarily serve as protective characteristics from the risk of relocation: direct and indirect witnesses of cases of pregnant women, individuals with disabilities or medical conditions being relocated to Azraq camp were gathered, exposing the individuals to conditions – extreme heat, long distances to access services and isolation – clearly inadequate for these vulnerable cases.