The Syrian government promises to provide jobs for refugees who return home. The country is experiencing a shortage of employable citizens. Millions of people left Syria over the war years. The position of the government is supported by local business Facilities are resuming their work; many companies are expanding production. In this context, the return of the refugees from the Rukban refugee camp becomes crucially important. However, pro-American militants are preventing them from leaving the camp.
The issue was discussed in Damascus. Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center Viktor Kupchishin met the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Viktor Kupchishin, Head of Reconciliation Center: "Over the time of its work in Syria, Russia has made every effort, in practice and not in theory, to resolve the humanitarian catastrophe at the Rukban camp. On February 18th a checkpoint in Jleb was opened but only about 800 crossed it. None of them came from the Rukban camp. Syria has prepared reception centers for refugees across the entire country. Industry facilities and enterprises are being restored. At the moment, the Syrian officials are ready to welcome their citizens back and accommodate them either at reception centers or the places of their permanent domicile where they used to live".