Resettlement of refugees from Syria

Jaleel refugee camp Photo: Luca Sola

More than 30 international organizations are urging governments meeting in Geneva on December 9th to commit to offer sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria by the end of 2015. Over 3 million refugees have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries.


Humanitarian and human rights organizations urge governments to commit to offer sanctuary to Syrian refugees.

Read the full briefResettlement of refugees from Syria: Increased commitments needed from international community in Geneva

On 9 December 2014 UNHCR will convene a ministerial level pledging conference in Geneva on resettlement and other forms of humanitarian admission for refugees from Syria.

With little sign of the conflict in Syria abating and over 3.2 million refugees registered in neighbouring countries, more than 30 humanitarian, human rights and refugee organisations are calling for the states attending the conference to commit to offer a safe haven to at least 5 per cent of the projected refugee population by the end of 2015. This would equate to 180,000 refugees being relocated from neighbouring countries by that date.

This commitment would be a lifeline to those refugees resettled. If coupled with an adequate aid response and increased economic support to Syria’s neighbours, it would also encourage those countries to keep their borders open to ensure those in Syria can flee the conflict, and could contribute to their stability.

Read the news release: Humanitarian and human rights agencies urge governments to resettle 5% refugees from Syria by end 2015

Publication Date: 
December 2014