After 10 years of war, Syrians and neighbouring host communities continue to experience profound devastation.

Areas of development such as education, employment and food security have seen severe regressions over the past year while refugees simultaneously battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Close to one million Syrian refugees, along with 4.4 million members of their host communities, have fallen into poverty since the beginning of the pandemic. 89 per cent of Syrian refugees now live in extreme poverty, compared to 55 per cent in 2019.

Stand with Syria

With 45 per cent of Syrian refugees being under 18 years old, the impact of 10 years of war are disproportionately affecting Syrian youth. Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, many are facing increased food shortages and shelter insecurity as well as limited access to education. By the end of 2020, there had been a 9 per cent decrease in school enrolment for Syrian refugee children.

Syrian families need your help now more than ever.

UNHCR is on the ground in Syria and neighbouring countries providing life-saving supplies, shelter, healthcare and protection services. But we need your help to continue.

You can help provide Syrian families with:

  • Shelter, food, medicine and other life-saving supplies
  • Fuel for heating, thermal blankets and warm clothes
  • Access to healthcare services and schools so that Syrian children aren’t forced to miss out on their education
"They’re looking up at the sky and wondering if the next bomb’s going to fall on them and wondering where they are going to sleep at night.” Mark Lowcock, UN Relief Chief
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Hussein and Fatima were excited to receive UNHCR’s relief items to support them in their day-to-day life


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A Syrian family in front of their tent in Za’atri refugee camp, Jordan


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Four-year-old twins Inas and Baylasan draw pictures of their family and home back in Syria


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A UNHCR field worker comforts a young Syrian boy who has just arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos

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Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.


Registration is central to UNHCR’s work. The number of people requiring protection and assistance determines the quantities of food, water and other material assistance needed, as well as the extent of shelter, health and sanitation facilities. Registration is important for identifying individuals who are at risk or have special needs, allowing them to access to vital services.

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