500,000 Syrian ‘refugees’ return home to Syria in the last 6 months! by Ann Corcoran, 7/2/17
Here is the news being reported everywhere in the last couple of day….So, if they were all escaping the Syrian regime and it is still in place, why return? Truth is they weren’t all running from Assad, but from rebels and ISIS.
From Qasioun News: Agencies (Qasioun) – The U.N. refugees agency UNHCR said that nearly half a million Syrian refugees have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year.
Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR spokesman said that humanitarian agencies recorded a “notable trend of spontaneous returns to and within Syria in 2017, with more than 440,000 internally displaced people going back to their homes in the first six months of this year.
Another 31,000 refugees have come back from foreign countries in the same period, particularly from Turkey, where authorities agreed to open the borders to allow thousands of people to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families. Some of these refugees will opt to return to Turkey, but others will stay, according to local media reports. In total, 260,000 refugees have gone back to Syria from neighboring countries since 2015.
Most people returned to the cities of Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus, over which the government has taken back control from the rebels. The reasons for their return vary: Some are looking for their missing relatives, others want to find out what’s left of their belongings and others think the security situation has improved enough for them to come home to live. You will never hear this!
As time goes on and if the Syrian situation improves, the US Department of State (and its contractors) will never report how many Syrians resettled in America, at great expense to the US taxpayer, will opt to go home to Syria!
In fact, I previously heard from unhappy Iraqis that they wanted to go home after finding out that the streets are not paved with gold in America.
I think Wrapsnet should keep data on refugees who leave America to go home! See my post: “Syrians are opportunists” from August 2015, here.
I guess the refugee industry must soon find some new poster children to use as propaganda for their open borders agenda!
RRW is ten years old! by Ann Corcoran, 7/2/17
And, as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun (maybe!).
As America turns 241, RRW turns 10!
Refugee Resettlement Watch‘s first full month was July 2007 and for the whole month we had 1,161 views. Fast forward to the top month of all time—November 2015—when we saw a one day high of 18,445 views.
The average visitors for 2007 were 131/day and since 2015 we have averaged over 5,000 visitors a day.
That isn’t a huge number compared to big blogs, but is a respectable number for the very narrowly focused blog this is. With the help of a few other writers, there are 8,544 posts archived here (that is an average of 2.3 posts a day over ten years!).
From time to time, I report the top posts of the week or month, but thought you might be interested in knowing what the top most-visited posts of all time, the last year and the last month have been.
The Top Three Posts of all time are these:
Watch the death of Europe in 19 minutes…. (November 2015)
Amarillo, TX being destroyed by refugee overload (January 2016)
Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis? (January 2011)
By the way, I should mention that the Fact Sheet linked at the top of this page always does well, but it is somewhat out of date and I haven’t the time or interest to update it. For new readers, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS Finding Stuff) also under the header above.
The Top Three Posts of the last year are these:
Stunning news: Trump State Department opens the flood gates, refugee admissions will explode in coming weeks(May 2017)
This is insane! Taxpayers pay rent for Somalis who feel the need to visit Somalia (for months!) (October 2016)
The Top Three Posts of the last month are these:
“My hometown (Utica) is gone” (June 2017)
“…an authentic immigrant invasion” is underway, as record breaking number of migrants make it to Italy in two days (June 2017)
Every day RRW welcomes visitors from over 150 countries and territories, but here are the Top Ten countries from which visitors arrived for all time. (WordPress has not kept this data for RRW’s whole life, and I don’t recall how many years ago they began supplying this information.) In descending order and excluding the US:
Some quick facts for new readers:
~RRW is a blog, a news source, not an organization.
~RRW is a charitable project for me, I work for no one. No one pays me to write this blog.
~Thus, I screen your comments and exclude those that express any violence, use foul language or I simply don’t want to post for some reason.
~Blogging is opinion writing, but I work very hard to back my opinions with facts.
~RRW is on twitter @RefugeeWatcher (over 11,000 followers at the moment)
~RRW is on facebook—Refugee Info. Resource, here. (Over 45,000 likes)
~I recommend that you use the excellent search engine here using key search words before e-mailing me. (I apologize that I cannot answer the hundreds of e-mails I get daily).
~I wrote a small book a couple of years ago, here.
~My first Youtube video has almost 3 million views as of this writing.
~All of my weekly and monthly round-ups (including more information for new readers) can be found in the category ‘blogging’ by clicking here.
It has been ten years! Will there be another ten? I doubt it, because right now the best window of change we have ever had is open, and if there is no reform, ten years more will be too late.
Thanks to all of my devoted readers for your hard work where you live to educate fellow citizens about this program and pushing for it to be abolished (or reformed), for your kind words, and for your much appreciated small donations that I see as validation for my work. I don’t thank you often enough! Happy Independence Day!