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Seven facts about the Syria crisis

Aleppo residents internally displaced by the violence and destruction in Al-Kallaseh neighbourhood have begun to return. UNHCR is helping them with their needs. ©UNHCR/Hameed Marouf

Aleppo residents internally displaced by the violence and destruction in Al-Kallaseh neighbourhood have begun to return. UNHCR is helping them with their needs. ©UNHCR/Hameed Marouf

 

1. More than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes

There are over 5.5 million registered Syrian refugees and more than six million people displaced inside Syria. Syria accounts for the world’s largest number of forcibly displaced people with over half of its population forced to flee.

2. Neighbouring countries host most Syrian refugees

Most of the more than 5.5 million Syrians who are now refugees are hosted in just five neighbouring countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Turkey alone hosts over three million Syrian refugees. Approximately one in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee.

3. Most Syrian refugees live in extreme poverty

Nine in 10 Syrian refugees live in rural and urban host communities in neighbouring countries. In Jordan, 80 per cent of Syrian refugees living outside of camps are living below the poverty line. In Lebanon, nearly 60 per cent of Syrian refugee families live in abject poverty with less than US$2.87 per person per day.

4. Against all odds, Syrians are survivors

Syrian families everywhere continue to demonstrate their courage and resilience, making huge sacrifices to put their children’s needs first, turning their temporary shelters into homes, showing their entrepreneurial spirit and their deep desire to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity.

5. Syrian children are missing out on education

Inside Syria, one in four schools have been damaged, destroyed or used for shelter.[1] Less than half of primary school aged children are enrolled in school but more worrying, a mere fraction of secondary and university aged students have access to education.

6. While some Syrians return home, even more have been displaced in 2017

In 2017, around 655,000 people who had been displaced inside Syria returned home. About 70,000 refugees also returned from neighbouring countries.  Many of those now returning have spent years on the move, and are going back to damaged homes in neighbourhoods without power or running water, sometime with hope to rebuild, sometimes because they have little choice. During the same period, at least 1.8 million Syrians fled their homes, often because of ongoing fighting, and remain displaced inside the country.

7. Syria’s war has lasted longer than the Second World War in Europe

As the conflict drags on, so do the struggles of families displaced inside Syria or beyond its borders. In the world, more refugees come from Syria than any other country. Despite the persisting, immense scale of the crisis, it risks becoming another forgotten emergency.

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