The on-going conflict in Syria has lead to mass displacement within Syria and across its borders.

Estimates suggest that as of September 2014, over 3 million Syrians have fled the country to find refuge in neighbouring countries. In addition, as of March 2014, 6.5 million people have been displaced internally.

Over 50 percent of the more than half a million Palestine refugees registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict. Palestinians trying to seek refuge in neighbouring countries often experience a very difficult time. For example, Jordan has an official non-entry policy for Palestinian refugees trying to cross into the county from Syria.

In July 2013, heavy fighting between Syrian rebel groups and the Syrian Government broke out in the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, in the outskirts of Damascus. As the camp was turned into a battlefield, the Palestinian refugee population was trapped between the frontiers. The siege of the camp made it very difficult for international humanitarian agencies to enter the camp to deliver much needed aid.

Legal situation:
  • Syria is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. The country is one of UNRWA’s five areas of operation.



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Feb 08, 2016