Whether a stateless Palestinian born in Jordan who later moved to Syria, who possesses a Syrian travel document for Palestinian refugees, has the right to return to and live in Jordan [JOR36253.E]

On 5 February 2001 an official at the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Ottawa stated that the application to live in Jordan of a stateless Palestinian who was born in Jordan and who holds a Syrian travel document would fall into the category of applications that would have to be evaluated by the Jordanian authorities on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the humanitarian aspects of the case. The official also stated that when such applications are given a positive response by the Jordanian authorities, it is often the case that most of the relatives of the applicant live in Jordan, and the basis for the Jordanian government's acceptance of the application is family reunification (5 Feb. 2001).

For information on the right to reside in Jordan, please consult JOR35961.E of 15 December 2000 and JOR35084.E of 24 August 2000.

Regarding Palestinians who hold Syrian travel documents, a March 2000 publication by the Palestinian resource centre Badil states the following:

In the 1960s, Palestinian refugees [in Syria] were granted Syrian travel documents. Under Law No. 1311, refugees are required to register with the Palestine Arab Refugee Affairs Authority in order to acquire a travel document. One of the most important articles included in Law 1311 is Article 10 which allows Palestinian refugees to return to Syria without a re-entry permit. As with Syrian nationals, the travel document can be changed or re-issued by any Syrian representative office abroad. Until recently, however, Palestinians have not been allowed to travel simply on the basis of their personal ID cards. The new changes allow Palestinians to travel between Syria and Lebanon using their personal ID cards.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Badil Resource Center, Bethlehem. Palestinian Refugees in Exile: Country Profiles. http://www.badil.org/Refugee/Publications/Profile/ref_publish.htm [Accessed 5 Feb. 2001]

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ottawa. 5 February 2001. Telephone interview with an official and correspondence.