Syria Emergency

Over 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and beyond. Millions more are displaced inside Syria and, as war continues, hope is fading fast.

UNHCR works hard to help, leading a coordinated effort across the region. Together with our partners, NGOs and host governments, we offer a lifeline to those in need.

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4.8 million

Syrian refugees

8.7 million

predicted to be displaced inside Syria in 2016

Full statistics

Updated 3 March 2016

Millions of Syrians are escaping across borders, fleeing the bombs and bullets that have devastated home.

Turkey hosts over 2.7 million registered Syrians. The majority of them live in urban areas, with around 260,000 accommodated in the 23 refugee camps in the provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis and Sanliurfa. 

In Lebanon, life is a daily struggle for many Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources. Around 70 per cent live below the poverty line on less than USD 3.84 per person per day. There are no formal refugee camps and, as a result, more than a million registered Syrians live in over 1,700 communities and locations across the country, often sharing small basic lodgings with other refugee families in overcrowded conditions. 

"They gave us biscuits, cheese, dates, dry meat – all very nice... And they gave us mats, blankets and kitchenware."

Fayzeh, mother of three at Jordan’s Zaatari camp

In Jordan, over 600,000 men, women and children are currently trapped in exile. Approximately 80 per cent of them live in urban areas, while more than 100,000 have found sanctuary at the camps of Za’atari and Azraq. Many have arrived with limited means to cover even basic needs, and those who could at first rely on savings or support from host families are now increasingly in need of help.
Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting nearly 25,000, while in Egypt UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 100,000.

But although life in exile can be difficult, for Syrians still at home it is even harder.

"We felt maybe it's our turn to die. But we didn't want to die.
So we made up our minds to leave."

Sahar, 25, Syrian refugee in Lebanon

What is UNHCR doing to help?

We provide life-saving humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees, helping the most vulnerable with cash for medicine and food, stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing. 

In early 2016, with Syria's war heading into its sixth year and with no end to the fighting in sight, we joined forces with other United Nations humanitarian and development agencies to appeal for USD 7.73 billion in vital new funding to help 22.5 million people in Syria and across the region.

The first aspect of the appeal is the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), led by UNHCR, which calls for USD 4.55 billion to support 4.8 million refugees in neighbouring countries and four million in the communities hosting them. The second aspect is the 2016 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan which seeks nearly USD 3.2 billion to provide humanitarian support and protection to 13.5 million people inside Syria.

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"Syria is the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause of suffering for millions which should be garnering a groundswell of support around the world."

Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner