Syrian Refugee Crisis: Community Turns a Blind Eye
According to the UNHCR 2018 global displacement trends the Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 over 13 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. Syrian refugees and internally displaced families are forced to leave their homes due to the danger and persecution they faced. The startling rise of Syrian displaced people since 2011 is not slowing down. The Syrian situation has become so dire for people fleeing war and countries hosting them.
Today Syria has the most forcibly displaced people than any other country.
How many Syrian refugees and internally displaced people are there?
Nearly 13 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, 50.4% registered refugees, 46.9% internally displaced people within Syria and 1.06% asylum seekers. An estimate of 6.6 million Syrian refugees and another 6.2 million internally displaced Syrians. Only 1.6% of the 13 million displaced Syrians returned to their homes–-returnees still need continuous support and assistance to rebuild their lives.
Which countries have the most Syrian Refugees?
Syrians continue to pour across their borders since the civil war in 2011 began. Today Turkey is the largest host country, with about 3.6 Syrian refugees. Lebanon, Jordan, Germany, and Iraq respectively host the largest number of Syrian refugees. It is a shame to see the wealthiest countries turn a blind eye to the Syrian crisis. USA, UK and the Gulf countries failed to take the lead in sheltering Syrian refugees. These countries didn't even make the top 20 list of countries hosting registered Syrian refugees.
What responsibilities does the international community have in regards to the Syrian humanitarian crisis ?
It is important to note that solving the refugee camp situation will help reduce the refugee crisis. Countries need to welcome Syrian refugees and help rebuild their lives–until they return to their country with dignity and support. According to UNHCR, displaced persons abroad may take an average of 25 years until they return. It will take years to rebuild the destroyed cities. Much needs to be done to slow down the climbing refugee crisis. America needs to lift the Muslim ban signed by Trump in January 2017 and accept more Syrian refugees. For the refugees crossing into Europe, there will have to be sustainable camps developing into settlements. There should be a plan to give refugees access to business developments, education, building permits, etc. Protection for asylum seekers in the most dire need and support for the victims is critical. There needs to be a safe space for women and children fleeing on their own. The conflict in Syria continues and humanitarian aid from the international community needs to increase.