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4.8 million Syrian refugees are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt

syrianrefugeecrisis-001Amnesty International has complied data regarding 4.8 million Syrian refugees and what is happening to them. The data was gathered from  UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international Organisation of Migration (IOM).

The 4.8 million refugees can be found in just five countries, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan Iraq and Egypt. All of these countries are dealing with their own domestic humanitarian crisis.


Turkey hosts 2.7 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country worldwide.

Lebanon hosts approximately 1 million Syrian refugees which amounts to around one in five people in the country.

Jordan hosts approximately 655,675 Syrian refugees, which amounts to about 10% of the population.

Iraq  which has 3.1 million people already internally displaced hosts 228,894 S

Egypt hosts 115,204

Amnesty International also highlighted that the UN’s 2016 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 56% funded by the end of November 2016.

The living conditions for these refugees are far from desirable with the majority living below the poverty line. 93% of Syrian refugees in urban areas in Jordan are living below the poverty line, as well as 70% in Lebanon, 65% in Egypt and 37% in Iraq.

When is comes to resettlement  224,694 resettlement and other admission pathways have been pledged globally since the start of the Syria crisis, which equates to a mere 4.7% of the total population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

At least 480,000 people in the five main host countries – or 10% – are in need of resettlement according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

While  Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan Iraq and Egypt are taking in the refugees the Gulf countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.

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