The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

20 Nov

Syrian refugee camp on the Turkish border. (Photo from Voice of America, Henry Ridgwell)

The New York Times feature article, “The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis”, (which can be found here) presents an informative array of numbers, maps, and photographs about the Syrian refugee crisis. Here are the first two paragraphs of the story:

“The Syrian refugee crisis has exploded from about 270,000 people a year ago to today’s tally of more than two million who have fled the country. The pace of the diaspora has been characterized by the United Nations as the worst since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In addition, an estimated 4.25 million Syrians have been displaced within their country, bringing the total number forced into flight to more than six million.

Lebanon’s population has grown almost 20 percent over the past year because of the refugee influx. Since the government has decided not to build official camps, most of the 790,000 Syrians now in Lebanon live wherever they can find shelter: in half-finished cinder block houses, stables, crowded apartments and makeshift camps. n Turkey, the government houses about 200,000 refugees in tent and trailer camps, and at least 300,000 more are thought to be spread around the country. Jordan has the second-largest population of Syrian refugees.”


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