'1 in 5' people in Lebanon are now Syrian

UNHCR said the number of Syrians leaving their country has increased dramatically since the beginning of the year with more than 400,000 - nearly half the total figure - moving since January 1st.

Most have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt and some arrive in North Africa and Europe.

It estimated:

  • 330,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon
  • 320,000 in Jordan
  • 185,000 in Turkey
  • 105,000 in Iraq
  • 43,500 in Egypt

Lebanon - the country closest to Syria's embattled capital of Damascus - is the smallest of the country's neighbours but has received the most refugees.

Including Syrian workers and self-supporting Syrian families, one in five people in Lebanon are now Syrian.

Advertisement

Syria's health system 'collapse'

Doctors Without Borders have said that aid to Syria is falling "drastically short" and the country's previously functioning health system has collapsed. One million people have fled the Syrian conflict, according to the UN.