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Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian Arab Republic

The UN estimates that 6.9 million people are internally displaced in Syria, some of whom have been displaced multiple times. Syria also hosts some 23,300 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly Iraqis living in urban areas primarily in and around the capital Damascus.

UNHCR Syria works with 28 partners, including government ministries, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), national NGOs and UN agencies, and operates seven field offices covering all 14 governorates of the country. In the context of the interagency coordination framework in Syria, UNHCR leads the ‘Protection and Community Services’ and ‘Shelter and Non-Food Items’ sectors together with relevant line ministries.

UNHCR Syria conducts registration and refugee status determination. The office provides protection assistance and services to internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities, refugees and asylum-seekers, with a focus on promoting self-reliance and solutions.

Additional information

For information about our work in the Syrian Arab Republic:

  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Syria? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Syria website

Visit the UNHCR Syria website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

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Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in the Syrian Arab Republic, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

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