UNHCR: Syrian Refugees Now Number 4 Million

Biggest refugee crisis in a generation, according to new report by UN refugee agency

The number of refugees fleeing war in Syria has now exceeded 4 million people, according to the UNHCR. The conflict in Syria has led to what the UN refugee agency describes as the world’s biggest refugee crisis in the past 25 years.


The report states that at least 7.6 million people are currently displaced inside Syria, a large number of whom live in difficult conditions and in inaccessible places.


"This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty", said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

The report predicts the number of Syrian refugees will reach 4.27 million by the end of the year, noting that the total number increased from 3 million to 4 million over the past 10 months.


The report documented the flux of refugees last June, as more than 24,000 people from Tal Abyad and other areas of northern Syria arrived in Turkey.

Four million Syrian refugees are currently distributed among neighboring countries, with more than 1.8 million (45 percent) in Turkey, nearly 250,000 in Iraq, 630,000 in Jordan, 130,000 in Egypt, with over 1.1 million in Lebanon and nearly 24,000 in areas of North Africa.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

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