Lebanon's General Security Authority has announced it will secure a voluntary return trip Monday for around 1,000 Syrian refugees from various regions in Lebanon.
About 110,000 Syrian refugees have returned from Lebanon to their home country in 2018, Lebanese General Security head Abbas Ibrahim told local news channel MTV Friday.
A statement delivered by the Lebanese Caretaker Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Mouin Merehbi in November said only 55,000 Syrian refugees had returned since July.
Syrian activists have voiced concern about the fate of the Syrian refugees returning from Lebanon after Merehbi's statements who assured that 20 Syrian refugees who had returned from Lebanon to Syria had been killed by regime forces.
The conflict has displaced more than 5 million Syrians outside the country, the United Nations says, with more than half displaced to Turkey and most of the rest split between Lebanon and Jordan.
Arsal's border camps are one of the largest along the Syrian border were about 80,000 Syrian refugees live in 117 camps near the Lebanese border with Syria.
Thousands of Syrians are unable to return because their homes were destroyed in the fighting, or because they fear military conscription.
Up to 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to their devastated homeland in 2019, while many others face problems with documentation and property that the Damascus government must help resolve, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday.
Some 5.6 million Syrian refugees remain in neighboring countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq – Amin Awad, UNHCR director for the Middle East and North Africa, told a news briefing. Some 37,000 have returned this year, UNHCR figures show.