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WHEN: September 30-October 18
WHERE: Turkey (Ankara, Gaziantep, and Kilis Provinces); Jordan (Amman and Mafraq Governorates); Iraq (Erbil and Dohuk Provinces)
RI TEAM: Daryl Grisgraber, Senior Advocate; Marcy Hersh, Senior Advocate
Displacement caused by Syria’s civil war continues, with roughly 275,000 Syrians now living as registered refugees in neighboring countries, and tens of thousands more unregistered but in need of assistance. Estimates suggest up to 1.5 million people are now displaced inside Syria’s borders.
As the conflict has escalated, access to affected populations inside the country has remained severely restricted. Services to refugees in all neighboring countries have been halted periodically when fighting becomes too intense on the Syrian side, or when cross-border incidents occur. Refugees are currently waiting on the Syrian side of the border to enter both Turkey and Iraq, and there is a large registration backlog in Jordan’s main camp.
With progress toward a political solution now stalled, it appears that Syrians will continue to flee their homes in significant numbers for the foreseeable future. Some will go to the various camps that have been established along the borders; others will simply move into local communities and do their best to get by.
During their mission, RI’s team met with refugees in both camps and local communities in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq. Their site visits and interviews with Syrian families, aid groups, NGOs, and local officials revealed the following areas of concern: