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  • Since the Syrian Civil War started in March 2011,

  • an estimated 9.5 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes; over 3 million of those have fled the country.

  • The UN estimates that by the end of this year, as many as 4 million Syrians could be living abroad as refugees.

  • So, where are all of these displaced Syrians going?

  • and can the international community really support 9 million displaced individuals?

  • Well, the majority of displaced Syrians, around 6.5 million, have fled their homes but are still living inside of Syria.

  • Other large groups of refugees have crossed into neighboring countries,

  • the majority of whom fled to Lebanon (~1.2 million of them) and Turkey (~1 million of them),

  • although Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and other North African countries also have a sizable number.

  • But re-locating and providing services for 9.5 million refugees, soon to be almost 10.5 million, can’t exclusively be a regional problem.

  • Syria and the surrounding areas just don’t have the resources, or the stability,

  • to house a refugee population of that size.

  • So, the United Nations has called on the international community to help.

  • The EU and the US have responded,

  • but mainly in the form of financial support and humanitarian aid to Syria and its neighboring nations.

  • The US has given more than 2.9 billion dollars in humanitarian aid

  • and the EU has given roughly 3.5 billion dollars,

  • but there aren’t many places willing to take in refugees on such a large scale.

  • Germany has agreed to shelter 28,500 Syrian refugees this year, which is no small amount.

  • The US has agreed to take in roughly 33,000 refugees this year from the Near East and South Asia regions,

  • but they aren’t specifying Syrians.

  • So, some of those slots may be taken up by asylum seekers from other countries.

  • The rest of the international community plans on taking in at least 14,000 refugees in 2014, if not more.

  • A lot of these nations plan on increasing the number of refugees they can take on year over year,

  • but for now - most of the responsibility for these displaced Syrians remains on Syria and its surrounding nations;

  • a fact that is causing huge humanitarian problems for the region

  • and adding undue stress to nations like Iraq and Lebanon that are already struggling with their own stability issues.

Since the Syrian Civil War started in March 2011,

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Where Are the Millions of Syrian Refugees Going?

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