What’s driving Syrian refugees to despair? - nrc.no

What’s driving Syrian refugees to despair?

Photo: NRC/Christian Jepsen
Photo: NRC/Christian Jepsen
As world leaders and international donors meet in London this week to pledge money for the Syria crisis, millions of refugees across the Middle East are being driven into further despair.
The Norwegian Refugee Council is publishing new data showing the protection failures with regard to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Among the figures showing the growing desperate situation for refugees we find that:
  • In Lebanon, an estimated 70 per cent of the refugee population, that is more than 700,000 people, has lost its legal stay
  • In Jordan, some 250,000 Syrian refugees in host communities are still estimated to be without an updated government registration
  • 30 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan do not have birth certificates
  • More than 1 million people - or 7 out of 10 refugees from Syria - now live in poverty across Jordan and Lebanon
  • In Jordan, 50 per cent of Syrian refugees surveyed by NRC at the end of 2015 said that they were intending to leave Jordan because they saw no future

NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said: “An entire underclass is being created across the region. Insufficient international aid and the policies of host governments make it next to impossible for Syrian refugees to live in the Middle East. Refugees are losing all hope. The seeds of future unrest are being sowed. Without an enormous investment in the Middle East to support refugees and host communities, and a shift in the policies that prevent refugees from obtaining legal documents so they can support themselves and their families, refugees will have no choice but to risk the often life-threatening trip to Europe or elsewhere in ever greater numbers. They will do so in the hope of a safer, better life, and so would you and I if we were in the same situation.”

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About the Syrian refugee crisis:


NRC’s response:

More than 1 million people in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries received help from NRC in 2015.

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More than 4.7 million people have fled from Syria. 75 per cent of them are women and children.

2.6 M to Turkey

1.1 M to Lebanon

0.64 M to Jordan

0,25 M to Iraq

0.12 M to Egypt

0.29 M Syrians arrived by sea to Europe in 2015

Source: UNHCR. The figures include refugees registered with UNHCR, as well as a number of refugees waiting to be registered. Updated October 2015.

More than 6.5 million people are currently displaced in Syria, 2.8 million of whom are children.

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Needs Overview, Oct 2015.
IDMC (Internal Displacemet Monitoring Centre)

More than 250,000 people killed, including well over tens of thousands of children who have been killed in the conflict according to the UN

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Needs Overview, Oct 2015.

13,5 million people inside Syria, more than half of the population, need emergency humanitarian assistance as a result of the Civil War

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Needs Overview, Oct 2015
www.acaps.org (The Assessment Capacities Project)


2.1 million people have been forced to flee inside Iraq as a result of new conflicts.

Source: IDMC (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre)

UN response to the crisis in Syria:

The Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2016-2017

The Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016

UN Syria Regional
Response Plan -
January -Desember

UN Syria Regional
Response Plan -
January -Desember

Learn more:

IDMCs country profile on Syria
ACAPS - Syria Needs Analysis

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