Get the facts about the Syrian refugee crisis—and better understand one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time.
Syria’s uprising, which started in 2011 and turned into a civil war, has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Half of the country’s pre-conflict population—an estimated 12 million people—have been forced to flee their homes.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence. Refugees are entitled to protection under international law.
About 6 in 10 Syrians are displaced from their homes, a number unprecedented in recent history for a single country.
Source: Pew Research Center
More than 6.1 million Syrians are displaced within Syria.
Source: Mercy Corps
Globally, there are more people fleeing conflict than at any time since World War II.
Source: The New York Times
Syrians continue to make up the world’s largest refugee population.
About half of all people affected by the Syrian refugee crisis are children.
Source: World Vision
Turkey shelters the largest number of Syrian refugees, currently hosting 3.6 million. Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt also host a significant number of Syrian refugees.
The United States accepted 481 Syrian refugees into the country in the 2020 fiscal year. During the 2018 fiscal year, the U.S. resettled only 62 Syrian refugees.
Source: The Washington Post + The New York Times
Thousands of generous people have helped Syrian refugees through SEMA US’ medical missions. The fund supports refugee communities delivering critical medical support and services to Syrian refugees in Syria and neighboring countries.