Jordan's King Abdullah II said at a press conference with President Trump that Syrian refugees want to return to Syria (live video of press conference, can't find archived video yet).

The statement is similar to one made by Ben Carson two years ago (though, Ben Carson was talking about the refugees that he had spoken to personally, not necessarily claiming that it represents a majority of refugees).

Do most Syrian refugees want to return to Syria?

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    Are you asking if they have the intention to return at some point in the future, or right now? – Peter Apr 5 '17 at 17:45
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    @Peter Well, I suspect King Abdullah meant at some point in the future, so that's what I am asking about. – Owen Apr 5 '17 at 17:59
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    King Abdullah's country, Jordan, has had a flood of refugees, because Syria borders Jordan. Ben Carson's country, America, has an extensive screening process, and is on the other side of the planet. Consequently America has only had a trickle of refugees. It is quite possible that the refugees in Jordan want different things from the refugees in America. Is your question about one group? Both groups? All Syrian refugees worldwide? – BobTheAverage Apr 5 '17 at 18:28
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    Why would you doubt this statement? Refugees are by definition involuntary migrants, so when the cause for fleeing is removed, it would make sense they would want to return — unless so much time has passed that they consider the country hosting them as their new home or the new home of their children. – gerrit Apr 6 '17 at 11:25
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    @Gerrit I agree, but there are different degrees of wanting to return home. I assume that most of them want to return eventually, but some of them may have written off their old life, and intend to build a new life in a new country. – BobTheAverage Apr 6 '17 at 15:18

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