Supporting Palestinian Resilience in Syria UNRWA Syria crisis response
In the past two months, Palestine refugees in Syria have increasingly found themselves in danger and pushed from their homes as conflict spreads through the camps. Palestinians’ relative safety, preserved to date by their neutral stance, has effectively been shattered. They are a particularly vulnerable group. The situation in the region makes their presence and movements sensitive, adding to their vulnerability.
UNRWA estimates that of the population of 525,000, as many as a half has been displaced and some 400,000 are in need. The majority of Palestine refugees in Yarmouk and other Damascus area camps, as well as Dera’a in the south have fled their homes. Many have reached neighbouring countries, most have found shelter in schools or safer camps elsewhere in the Syria.
The violent chaos in and around their camps and the unraveling of the fabric of their lives is a devastating material and psychological blow the Palestinians who raised their families and built stable communities in Syria after their original dispossession in 1948.
In Lebanon, the number of Palestinians from Syria is approaching 30,000. The pressure on existing camps, squalid even before the influx, has become enormous, making Lebanon an increasingly desperate option for refugees. Some 3,800 Palestine refugees from Syria have reached Jordan.
The relatively small number is a direct result of the Government of Jordan’s policy to stem the flow of Palestinians. UNRWA is providing support in Lebanon and Jordan, including schooling and health care.