Fast Facts About The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Get the facts about the Syrian refugee crisis—and better understand one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time.


Fact 1

Syria’s uprising, which started in 2011 and turned into a civil war, has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Half of the country’s pre-conflict population—an estimated 12 million people—have been forced to flee their homes.
Source: UNHCR

Fact 2

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence. Refugees are entitled to protection under international law.
Source: UNHCR

Fact 3

About 6 in 10 Syrians are displaced from their homes, a number unprecedented in recent history for a single country.
Source: Pew Research Center

Fact 4

More than 6.1 million Syrians are displaced within Syria.
Source: Mercy Corps

Fact 5

There are more people fleeing conflict than at any time since World War II.
Source: The New York Times

Fact 6

Syrians continue to make up the world’s largest refugee population.
Source: UNHCR

Fact 7

About half of all people affected by the Syrian refugee crisis are children.
Source: World Vision

Fact 8

Turkey shelters the largest number of Syrian refugees, currently hosting 3.6 million. Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt also host a significant number of Syrian refugees.
Source: UNHCR

Fact 9

The United States accepted 481 Syrian refugees into the country in the 2020 fiscal year. During the 2018 fiscal year, the US resettled only 62 Syrian refugees.
Source: The Washington Post + The New York Times

Fact 10

Thousands of generous people have helped Syrian refugees through GlobalGiving’s Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. The fund supports community-led nonprofit organizations delivering critical support and services to Syrian refugees in Syria and neighboring countries.
Source: Syrian Refugee Relief Fund

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Featured Photo: Provide Relief for Syrian Refugees by Mercy Corps

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