Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, 26 February - 4 March 2013
ONE MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES
“With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiralling towards full-scale disaster" - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.
Underfunding remains a major operational challenge. It is vital and urgent that host Governments and their populations are well supported by the international community in sharing the heavy burden.
The exodus of Syrian refugees accelerated dramatically in recent weeks, doubling in three months to 1 million from 500,000 in December 2012.
Impact on host countries is severe:
Lebanon - population has increased by as much as 10 per cent.
Jordan - energy, water, health and education services are being strained to the limit.
Turkey - Government has spent over US$600 million setting up 17 refugee camps, with more under construction.
Iraq - hosting more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in addition to its own crisis with more than 1 million Iraqi IDPs.
Egypt - over 20,000 Syrian refugees registered and a further 23,000 identified as in need of assistance.