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    Suffering Migrants Risk Returning to Syria

    It was supposed to be their refuge. But after hundreds of thousands of Syrians arrived in Europe last year, aid has dried up, an EU resettlement plan has sputtered, and slow-moving bureaucracy has many migrants considering a return to their war-torn homeland. Thousands of Afghans, Iranians and Iraqis have returned to their native countries through a repatriation program, but Syrians are not eligible. Instead, they have to pay smugglers to take them back — if they can afford it — meaning nobody knows how many are actually finding their way home.

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