Syria Refugee Crisis: Protection Threats in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

Report
from Norwegian Refugee Council
Published on 15 Mar 2013 View Original

Key Protection Concerns

  • Increasing risk of sectarian violence and divisions

  • Cross border violence

  • Threat of exploitation and abuse– including sexual and labour exploitation

  • Repeated displacement leading to increased vulnerability

  • Tension between host communities and refugees

What’s needed

  • Funding: Without an immediate infusion of funds the international aid response could soon be brought to a halt, with serious humanitarian, economic, and political consequences in a region currently hosting over one million identified refugees.

  • Shelter: In Jordan and Iraq, refugee camps have far exceeded their capacity. In Lebanon, host communities are quickly running out of space (and patience). There is a need for large-scale shelter strategies to accommodate current refugees and new arrivals.

  • Planning & Transparency: Within the humanitarian community there is a need for more realistic contingency planning and preparedness to provide for refugees, as well as greater transparency in the selection of projects and beneficiaries.

  • Information services: Refugees must receive more consistent information about registering with UNHCR, accessing services, legal status and related issues will help improve access to available services.