Syria: UNHCR Operational Update, May 2021

Situation Report
Originally published


The decade-long crisis in Syria continues to affect millions of lives. Humanitarian needs increased in the course of 2020, together with associated protection risks. The security situation is still volatile in certain areas and the socio-economic situation is deteriorating.

According to the 2021 Needs and Response Summary, some 13.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated an already precarious situation.

UNHCR in Syria provides protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and stateless people based on identified needs and vulnerabilities.

Operational Context

The 2021 Syria Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), puts the number of people in need of assistance to over 13.4 million, including 6.7 million internally displaced people. Of that number, approximately 5.9 million are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. UNHCR supports refugees, IDPs and returnees through targeted assistance using a community-based and area based approach.

UNHCR works with 28 partners which include two government ministries, six international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and 20 national NGOs.