الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

World 'must accept Syrian refugees'

Syrian refugee children sit in a box at a makeshift settlement in Qab Elias in the Bekaa valleyChildren are amongst the most vulnerable Syrian refugees still living in makeshift camps in the Middle East

The UN refugee agency and more than 30 humanitarian organisations have urged countries around the world to accept more Syrian refugees.

Richer countries will be asked to resettle at least 130,000 Syrians at a meeting in Geneva hosted by the UN refugee agency.

That number would amount to just 5% of those who are predicted to have fled the Syrian conflict by 2015.

More than 3.2 million Syrians are currently living as refugees.

The UN’s food agency has reinstated a food program for Syrian refugees that was suspended on 1 December.

A system of electronic food vouchers, which helped feed 1.7 million Syrians in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, was stopped due to a funding shortfall.

But officials from the World Food Program said they would reintroduce it after securing $80m (£51m) through an online fundraising campaign.

The majority of Syrian refugees who have escaped the violence live in crowded refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, Ariane Rummery, said about 10% of these refugees were “very vulnerable”.

Officials from some 40 governments are expected to take part in Tuesday’s conference to discuss resettling refugees outside the Middle East.

More than 30 humanitarian organisations have warned that the “extraordinary generosity” of countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at “breaking point”.

They called on countries that have not already accepted Syrian refugees to help.

The UN has appealed for $2.8bn to help those displaced by the conflict inside Syria.

The UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said the level of need was “unprecedented”.

Syrian refugee populations

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Chart showing countries outside the ME offering to resettle 100 or more Syrian refugees

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