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The Syrian cease-fire is unlikely to lure many refugees home

The Syrian cease-fire is unlikely to lure many refugees home

The news that a cease-fire agreement had been reached among warring parties in Syria came as a relief to refugees from the conflict who have made their way to Germany. But it isn’t likely to prompt any mass return – certainly not yet.

“As long as [President Bashar] Assad is still there, I wouldn’t dream of going back,” said Ahmed al Hanawi, a 28-year-old refugee who arrived in Berlin eight months ago after fleeing his hometown of Damascus. He shook his head. “I’d rather be shot to death here in Germany than go back to Syria under Assad,” he said.

As much as some of the 480,000 Syrian refugees in Germany may want to return home,...

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