The Refugee Crisis Every day, thousands of Syrians who can no longer bear the violence and hardship at home stream into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and increasingly North Africa to find safe haven. About 30 percent settle in refugee camps. And while the international community allocates the bulk of its limited resources to these camps, many remain overcrowded, overstretched and unprepared for the brutal winter.The vast majority of Syrians who have fled (100 percent in Lebanon and about 80 percent in Jordan, 50 percent in Iraq and 30 percent in Turkey) are now "urban refugees". "Even though 70 percent of Syria's refugees live outside of camps in urban and rural areas, there is a dearth of funding for programs to assist them," says George Rupp, the IRC's president, who led the commission visit to the region in November. "As a result, Syrian refugees not living in camps are grossly underserved and growing increasingly destitute and desperate."
Syria Displacement Crisis Worsens As Protracted Humanitarian Emergency Looms
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