Strategic Directions

UNHCR in Syria provides protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees and stateless people based on identified needs and vulnerabilities.

UNHCR’s strategic directions and operational priorities in Syria are:

  • Supporting returns and solutions: UNHCR will further enhance its engagement with all partners in ensuring dignified living conditions for those who have spontaneously returned to their home areas, though the operationalization of the UN’s area-based return support framework (ABRS). This will include leading in identification of areas of high need where multi-sector assistance can strengthen resilience of host as well as returning communities.
  • Maintaining emergency preparedness and response capacity: UNHCR will preserve its readiness to respond to new and protracted emergencies. In addition, the Office will also be prepared to scale up cross-line assistance.
  • Enhancing refugee protection, inclusion and solutions: UNHCR will step up its involvement and engagement on refugee protection, enhance their inclusion into services and assistance provided by other actors (such as livelihoods support) and advocate for solutions.