Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Syrian refugees

Six years of war has torn Syria apart. Violent reactions to peaceful protests throughout the country descended Syria into chaos in early 2011. Syrian children and families have borne the brunt of the conflict’s disastrous consequences. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and more than half of the population — 11 million people — have been displaced from their homes.
March 15 marks the sixth anniversary of the war’s outbreak. Since then, 5 million Syrians have fled to other countries as refugees and more than 6 million displaced within the country. In many cases, children caught up in this crisis have fared the worst, losing family members or friends to the violence, suffering physical and psychological trauma, or falling behind in school. 

Syrian refugee crisis explained: Fast facts

Here is the link to UNHCR on Syrian refugees. There are some 5 million refugees now. This figure includes 2 million Syrians registered by UNHCR in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, 2.9 million Syrians registered by the Government of Turkey, as well as more than 29,000 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa.
Less than a fifth of this refugees have applied for asylum in Europe:

between Apr 2011 and Oct 2016

in 2014 only
Note - Data for 37 European countries which provide monthly information to UNHCR. To the extent possible, the figures reflect first time asylum applications, but some of the statistics are likely to include repeated applications (same or different country).

Top European Countries

Germany & Sweden - 64%
Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Bulgaria - 22%
All others - 14%

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