Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syria’s children are growing up in the midst of the most significant humanitarian protection crisis in living memory. We need to protect their lives, their childhoods and their futures.

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After seven years of war, more than half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee their homes. Children affected by the crisis are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school and are at risk of becoming a lost generation.

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World Vision is on the ground

World Vision is on the ground
Our focus is on plans for the future such as education and equipping young people with skills they’ll need when they return home. At the same time, we are still providing emergency life-saving support for families who are fleeing the conflict.

We are providing healthcare to those in need by building a hospital and providing medical equipment and supplies so that Syrian’s can have receive medical care when they need it. We are supplying clean, safe water and sanitation services to thousands of displaced people. We are also supporting Syrian’s with baby kits and health kits to keep families healthy.

We are putting children first by providing education to children forced out of school and offering psychosocial support to young people affected by the crisis.


No. In Jordan, the overwhelming majority of refugees live in host communities, staying with other families or rental accommodation.

There are approximately 650,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Despite how much media coverage it gets, only around 80,000 of those live in Za’atari refugee camp. Azraq refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2014 and currently houses approximately 31,000 Syrian refugees. 

In Lebanon, there are no official refugee camps for Syrians. Syrian refugees are living in host communities or scattered informal camp-like settlements. In Turkey approximately 90% of Syrian refugees live outside formal camps. 
In Lebanon, there are no official refugee camps, though there are scattered camp-like informal settlements. 
This makes emergency response difficult and many refugees are falling through the cracks. These settlements generally lack proper hygiene and other measures needed to protect the health of the most vulnerable, including children. Children cannot rely on the usual protection mechanisms and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Winter conditions present extra challenges for already vulnerable children and families. 

The most populace refugee camp in Jordan is Za’atari, close to the northern border with Syria. It is home to around 80,000 people. The camp is hot and dusty in summer and cold in winter, it is no place for children, despite the best efforts of authorities, the UN and humanitarian agencies. Some children are not in school and wander around refugee camps during the day and night, which leaves them very vulnerable. 
In 2017, our Syria Crisis Response team contributed to the well-being of over 2.2 million people, in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Just over 1.3 million of these were children.

Lebanon: World Vision’s response has helped 202,600 people, through running informal education to help children re-enter school, providing water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, creating child friendly spaces, and providing cash and food assistance to refugees.

Jordan: Some 188,316 people in Jordan have been able to settle into their changed lives, with a strong emphasis on child protection, schools, household financial support, and education opportunities.  We have also been providing water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in camps, and alternative learning and psychosocial support for children of all backgrounds. 

Syria: Over 852,000 people have been supported through sustainable water and sanitation solutions, psychosocial support for children, household and winter items, a new school and filling gaps in fractured health-care. 

Turkey: World Vision helped 47,000 with protection across the border and non-formal education.

Iraq: Over 937,000 people in Iraq were supported with access health, water, hygiene, learning opportunities, with an emphasis on safe and food-secure living conditions.
Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, as many as 470,000 people have been killed, says the Syrian Centre for Policy research. 

Collapsed infrastructure: Within Syria, healthcare, education systems, and other infrastructure have been destroyed; the economy is shattered.

Children’s safety: Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of schooling, and witnessed unspeakable violence and brutality. 
Seven years into the crisis, the increased strain on services in the region of hosting the extraordinary high number of refugees has led to worsening living conditions for Syrian refugees and hosting communities alike. Access to health and education services, or basic needs such as food and water, has continued to decline as refugees run out of savings to support themselves and funding requirements run short.

This deterioration of conditions inside Syria and in neighbouring countries resulted in 2015 seeing the highest numbers of Syrian refugees undertaking risky journeys towards Europe in the hope of a better future. Just over 10 per cent of those who have fled the conflict since its beginning have sought safety in Europe, with 813,599 asylum applications made between April 2011 and April 2015.
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