Inter-Agency Regional Refugee Response for Syrian Refugees 19 - 25 February 2013
The massive influx of refugees into neighbouring countries totals 940,131 - including over 330,000 since the beginning of the year, further stretching the humanitarian community’s capacity to provide assistance.
Funding of the Regional Response Plan for Syria stands at 19 per cent, while the refugee population is approaching 90 per cent of the June 2013 planning figure. Underfunding has become a major operational challenge.
Sexual and gender-based violence and child protection remain key protection priorities. The inter-agency response focuses on scaling up availability and accessibility of services for vulnerable women and children, who make up an estimated 66 per cent of the regional Syrian refugee population.
The Al-Qa'im border closure in Iraq remains of serious concern although exceptions are being made for medical emergencies and family reunification.
Syrian refugees living in urban and non-camp settings, estimated to be more than 60 per cent of the total refugee population, is placing significant strain on local communities and government services in host countries.