Billions pledged to help refugees inside Syria and on borders

Numbers returning to Syria likely to exceed those leaving for first time during conflict

Foreign ministers have pledged as much as $5bn (£3.8bn) to help Syrian refugees inside the country and on its borders, as European officials consider the possibility of large-scale refugee returns later this year if Russia can persuade Bashar al-Assad to stop his regime’s systematic intimidation and obstruction.

At a pledging conference in Brussels on Thursday, both Jordanian and Lebanese leaders warned of social upheaval in their own countries if assisted returns to Syria did not speed up. It is likely 2019 will be the first year since the eight-year civil war started in which the numbers returning are not exceeded by new refugees or internally displaced.

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