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>> This place was never home, but returning to Syria for these refugees, is a life-changing decision. This bus is headed from Beirut to Damascus, a reverse journey that is becoming more common. Whether the millions of refugees outside Syria will join them in returning, is becoming an ever-pressing issue in the conflict.
At one of the many refugee camps in Lebanon not everyone wants to go home just yet. The fighting may be over in much of Syria, yet for some it still doesn't feel safe.>>
> This man says there's no way he'll want to go back while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is still in power.
Reuters correspondent Angus McDowall spoke to him and others.>> They worry that young men in their family will be conscripted into the army, taken off as canon fodder for the battles that may lie ahead. The towns or cities that they come from, may now lie in ruins. And the United Nations which is able to distribute aid and help them here in Lebanon, finds it more difficult to work in Syria.
>> Beirut says 90,000 Syrians have returned this year, more than a million remain in Lebanon. Assad meanwhile controls most of Syria, and for now the frontlines appear stable. About half of Syria's pre-war population fled after the war broke out. And luring people back home will play a critical role in shaping the country's economic recovery.
Tens of thousands are expected to return next year, refugees like Abu Ibrahim will be watching closely to see how they're treated. He's alarmed by rumors that some who've gone back have been abused or killed.