UNHCR urges countries to offer admission to 100,000 Syrians from next year
UNHCR has called on states to provide resettlement and other forms of admission for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. With no end in sight to the alarming exodus of Syrians to neighbouring countries, UNHCR said that growing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees will be in need of resettlement or relocation in the following two years.
"20 countries have offered more than 18,800 resettlement places in 2014, with Ireland agreeing to take 90. But the need is great" said Sophie Magennis, Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland. "We appeal to the international community to continue providing longer-term solutions for Syrian refugees".
There are currently over 2.4 million refugees registered in the region, with 930,000 in Lebanon, 613,000 in Turkey and 573,000 in Jordan. However, that number is set to rise to 4.1 million by the end of 2014, as thousands of people continue to cross Syria’s border every day in search of safety. UNHCR had earlier called upon states to offer resettlement or other forms of admission to 30,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees by the end of 2014.
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Image: A displaced Central African woman ponders her situation in the shelter of a church in Boali, a town north of Bangui. She and others like her need the support of the international community. © UNHCR/A.Greco