Syria-Jordan border restoration opens up many opportunities

Oct 17, 2018, 02:00 AM

This week, Jordan and Syria opened their border for the first time in three years. The move promises to restore the possibility for movement of both goods and people between the two countries.

Jordan plays host to a large number of Syrian refugees and migrants, many of whom fled the carnage when the war broke out 7 years ago. Others have worked for decades between the two borders, trading produce, medicine and other goods.

What does the border opening mean for both Syria and Jordan politically? How will this change the fate of the 1.4 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, and is this the first step towards the international Syrian diaspora returning home? 

We discuss these questions and more with Jordan-based journalist Taylor Luck in this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines.