Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

In Syria, the European Union donated EUR 10 million in support of UNRWA development and emergency programming, benefitting Palestine refugees across the country. The donation includes support to the education and health programmes, the technical and vocational education and training, the microfinance department and the emergency cash assistance. Thanks to the EU-supported Engaging Youth project, the Agency bolsters the resilience of Palestine refugees through the provision of continuing education, career guidance, business development and life-skills.
Syria Emergency Response Progress Highlights

According to a verification exercise conducted at the end of 2016, 438,000 Palestine refugees remain in Syria. Out of those, 418,000 individuals, or 95 per cent, rely on humanitarian assistance, including cash, food and non-food items, to survive and 254,000 were displaced at least once within...

Safe learning space, Damascus, Syria. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
In conflict-torn Syria, UNRWA has set up eight safe learning spaces and 22 recreational playgrounds in communities and shelters to provide children with a protected environment to continue with their learning and engage in recreational activities, building their social skills and contributing to their overall well-being and resilience
#VoicesfromSyria
Palestine refugees are among the worst affected by the conflict in Syria, now entering its seventh year.
#MyVoiceMySchool. Homs camp, Syria. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
A student voice project that gives young people a say in their education and future.
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Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict. Of the total 560,000 Palestine refugees from Syria, almost all require assistance. Click here to read more.

 

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© 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammed
Engaging with the youth of Syria
#MyVoiceMySchool. © UNRWA Photo
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Latest News

The Syria Crisis

Into the seventh year of conflict, conditions in Syria remain volatile and marked by continuing and intense armed violence and limited humanitarian access. Amid this unconscionable bloodshed and destruction, Palestine refugees remain particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, due to their proximity to conflict areas inside Syria, high rates of poverty, and the tenuous legal status of those forced to flee to Lebanon and Jordan. The timeline below tells their story.

Facts and Figures

About 400,000 PALESTINE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA (PRS) HAVE BEEN DISPLACED

The majority of the 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria have been displaced at least once within Syria –with some having been displaced multiple times – and over 95 per cent of them remain in continuous need of humanitarian aid to meet their most basic needs. Up to 280,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are currently displaced inside Syria, with a further 120,000 displaced to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and increasingly, to Europe. The escalating violence makes movement and access more difficult and causes severe hardship. Jordan effectively closed its borders to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) early in the conflict; Lebanon followed suit in May 2015.

There are 31,000 PRS in Lebanon. Many of them have been pushed into a precarious and marginalized existence due to their uncertain legal status and face limited social protection, making them heavily reliant on UNRWA for their basic needs.

Gap 74.39
Coverage 25.61

Funding Requirements

In 2017, UNRWA requires US$ 411 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, centred on preserving resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of cash, food and relief items. UNRWA will provide a protective framework for Palestine refugees through helping mitigate their vulnerability by maintaining access to basic services including education; health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and by promoting respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL). UNRWA will strengthen humanitarian capacity, coordination and management to improve the effectiveness of its emergency programme delivery.

Read more in the 2017 Syria Emergency Appeal.

Total Appeal$411,000,000
Received to Date$105,260,000
Gap$305,740,000
Coverage25.61%
Gap74.39%

With thanks to our donors

Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2017 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.

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