Regional Overview: RRP5 Update - September 2013: Protection
Access to asylum and registration
Given the size and speed of the movements, ensuring access to asylum and to UNHCR or Government registration remains a key challenge which involves actively advocating for and ensuring the implementation of protection-sensitive national entry policies and appropriate screening of incomers by Governments as necessary. Timely registration of Syrian refugees represents a critical element of the protection response. Given the high volume and rate of arrivals in countries in the immediate region and the significant demands upon registration resources, achieving an appropriate balance between the need to accelerate registration processing and the need to gather and record as early as possible information with a focus on vulnerabilities that will be required to support other protection activities and objectives, including Resettlement, remains crucial.
More than half the refugees fleeing Syria are children. Child protection actors throughout the region paint a picture of children traumatized by the conflict in Syria. Identifying high risk children in need of urgent protection interventions is prioritized by country operations. The most urgent concerns for the protection of refugee children are child labour and exploitation, child marriage and recruitment.
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
A range of factors including separated families, poverty and shelter needs contribute to an increased risk of SGBV for refugees. This Regional Response Plan lays out SGBV prevention and response programmes through a multi-sectoral approach that builds on community outreach, particularly targeting women and children as they are disproportionately affected by SGBV.