Two million refugees flee Syria

The number of refugees who have fled the violence in Syria to neighbouring countries has swelled to two million, according to the UN's refugee agency.

UN releases breakdown of where Syria refugees fled

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a breakdown of the number of refugees that have fled the violence in Syria to neighbouring countries.

They include:

463,885 in Turkey.
463,885 in Turkey. Credit: Instagram/UNRefugees
171,984 in Iraq.
171,984 in Iraq. Credit: Instagram/UNRefugees
519,676 in Jordan
519,676 in Jordan Credit: Instagram/UNRefugees
720,003 in Lebanon.
720,003 in Lebanon. Credit: Instagram/UNRefugees

Click here to watch the UNHCR's video

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Cameron: British aid 'saved tens of thousands of lives'

David Cameron said Britain has spent over £300 million and "saved tens of thousands of lives" in Syria.

The Prime Minister said: "I've been to Jordan and seen one of the refugee camps myself and I know how much money and how much effort is going in.

"Britain, as ever, is a world leader at helping those who need help, and the people of Syria are right up at the front of that right now."

Hague warns of escalating Syrian refugee numbers

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1 year ago: 230,000 Syrian refugees. Today: 2,000,000. 1/2 children. If we don't end the conflict, think what the figure could be next year

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UK is 2nd largest bilateral donor to Syrian refugees, helping around 900,000 people, but there is still a huge aid shortfall

Refugee tells ITV News the world has forgotten them

A Syrian refugee in Zaatari camp in Jordan talks to our correspondent
A Syrian refugee in Zaatari camp in Jordan talks to our correspondent Credit: ITV News

ITV News' correspondent Martin Geissler has been reporting from the world's second largest refugee camp in Jordan.

One of two million refugees who have fled Syria said he was angry that the world had not done more to stop President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons: "What is the matter with the world? Are they sleeping? Are they drunk? Are they on drugs?"

Watch Martin Geissler's full report here

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Facts about the Syria refugee crisis

The UNHCR has issued a fresh warning about the Syria refugee crisis as their number passes the two million mark. There are now more displaced Syrians in the world than any other nationality.

  • 2 million refugees have crossed the border
  • 4.25 million have been displaced within Syria
  • 700,000 have fled to Lebanon, where they account for 1 in every seven people
  • Most of the others are in Jordan, Turkey or Iraq
  • Only 3 percent have fled further afield

See ITV News' coverage from Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan here

Oxfam: Syrian refugees let down by world leaders

Oxfam has said it is "appalled" that the number of Syrian refugees has reached two million, adding that the humanitarian response is "stretched to the limit".

Enough is enough. A generation of Syrians is paying too high a price in this conflict. They have been seriously let down by the international community, which has failed to prioritise a political solution to the conflict.

That must change. World leaders - especially President Obama and President Putin - must ensure the long-promised peace talks take place as soon as possible.

– Claire Seaward, Syria Response Campaign Manager, oxfam

UN: Number of refugees fleeing Syria tops two million

Aerial view of the Zaatari camp in Jordan - the world's second largest refugee camp
Aerial view of the Zaatari camp in Jordan - the world's second largest refugee camp Credit: REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool

More than two million refugees have fled over borders to escape the fighting in Syria, according to new figures from the UN's refugee agency.

The vast majority - around 1.8 million - have left in the last year of the 30-month conflict, suggesting that the flow is increasing.

UNHCR also estimates that the number of people displaced within Syria's borders has swelled to 4.25 million.

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