The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest mass migration of our generation. The conflict is about to enter its sixth year, with little hope for a peaceful resolution. From the very beginning, Syrian civilians have been caught in the middle of the conflict. Nearly 7,000 miles away, many Americans have heard of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. However, few are aware of the extent of devastation and human rights abuses experienced by Syrian civilians, both within the borders of Syria and abroad in host countries.
In the United States, there is a significant divide between those who are receptive to the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the US, and those that view them as potential security and/or cultural threats. The Trump administration's current ban on Syrian refugees makes it more important to support those Syrians who have been resettled already in the US, as well as lobby for the acceptance of more refugees.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis by the Numbers:
5,029,562 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations, as of April 6, 2017 (UNHCR)
6.3 million Internally displaced persons in Syria, as of April 6, 2017 (UNHCR)
95% of Syrian refugees are hosted in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt. (Amnesty International)
10,000 Syrian refugees resettled in the United States, as of August 31, 2016. (New York Times)