The Guardian: America has resettled 121 of Syria’s 2m refugees. We must do better – now

By Eleanor Acer, Refugee Protection

When I met with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey a few months ago, many were already struggling with the realization that they would not be able to return home any time soon. For some, home no longer even existed. “If we returned to Syria, we have nothing left,” a father of two told me. “The house, the store, the car, they were all destroyed. There is nothing left there.”

As the crisis enters its fourth year, the scale of suffering in Syria is tremendous; so, too, is its impact on the region. More than 6.5 million people have been displaced within Syria and more than 2.6 million have fled the country in search of refuge. The UN Refugee Agency expects this number to rise to more than 4 million by the end of this year. More than 587,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan, more than 649,000 have fled to Turkey, and nearly 1 million have fled to Lebanon, where Syrian refugees now constitute a quarter of the fragile country’s population.



  • Eleanor Acer

Published on April 2, 2014


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