Syria – United Nations – Five million Syrian refugees according to the UNHCR (30 March 2017)

According to figures just released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regarding the number of Syrian refugees, more than 5 million people, i.e. approximately one quarter of the country’s population, are now refugees, mainly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

6.3 million people have been internally displaced, which means that more than half the Syrian population has been forced to flee their homes since the start of the conflict.

There is therefore an urgent need to reach a political solution in Syria - the only way to restore peace and stability. This is the purpose of the negotiations being conducted under the auspices of the UN, which must continue in Geneva. In the meantime, compliance with the ceasefire and access by the civilian populations to humanitarian assistance must be guaranteed. It is notably up to Russia and Iran to persuade the Syrian regime to ensure this.

The conference in Brussels on April 5, in which Jean-Marc Ayrault is due to take part, will provide an opportunity to reaffirm the international community’s commitment and its determination to support the Syrian refugees and the countries that are hosting them.

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