Hundreds of thousands of refugees risk being forced to return to Syria, despite the country’s ongoing violence, according to a new report by six major international charities.
They claim an anti-refugee backlash coupled with misleading rhetoric in refugee-hosting countries have created a false impression that Syria is now safe.
The aid agencies which include Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, say even where the bombings and fighting have stopped, the country's shattered infrastructure cannot support an influx of returnees.
Half of Syria's health facilities and a third of its schools are out of action amid the conflict.
Last year more than 66,000 Syrians returned home but a third were forced to flee again due to the ongoing violence,