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Syrian Refugee Crisis

December 7th, 2016

syrian-refugees-map-syriaWell I’m going to start by getting the numbers out of the way. They’re very important but can still be a little boring for some readers.

There are 13.5 million Syrian refugees requiring humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations (UN). More than 6 million Syrians are internally displaced and 4.8 million refugees are outside of Syria. There are 1 million that have requested asylum in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and the European Union (EU) in 2016.  There just isn’t enough money being generated to help countries who want to assist. The financial distribution look like this:

Financial aid

Donor Funding to Dec 2015 (in USD)




 United States


 European Union


 United Kingdom










 Saudi Arabia










 United Nations
















You would think over 17 billion would go long way toward relieving the Syrian refugee crisis but it’s only $1261.48 a person requiring humanitarian aid. Other agencies and organizations involved along with the price tag of those services looks like this:

United Nations agencies
Food and Agriculture Organization FAO 42,103,122
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA 412,587,348
United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF 1,339,721,581
United Nations Development Program UNDP 76,904,986
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO 16,275,456
United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR 2,928,091,009
United Nations Population Fund UNPF 51,352,953
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East UNRWA 687,533,705
World Food Programme WFP 3,127,400,730
World Health Organization WHO 225,102,831
Intergovernmental Organizations
International Organization for Migration IOM 169,490,783
International Non-Governmental Organizations
CARE International CARE 50,733,320
Handicap International 50,857,464
International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC 119,327,373
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC 28,615,689
International Medical Corps IMC 44,176,262
International Rescue Committee IRC 40,880,550
Mercy Corps Mercy Corps 79,182,554
Oxfam Oxfam 53,150,962
Save the Children International 89,549,837
International Religious Organizations
ACT Alliance (Ecumenical) ACT 17,301,378
Caritas International (Roman Catholic) CARITAS 44,291,764
National Organizations
Danish Refugee Council (Denmark) DRC 111,383,440
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation (Turkey) IHH 84,026,099
Islamic Relief Worldwide (UK) IRW 63,951,290
Norwegian Refugee Council NRC 160,106,509
Première Urgence (France) 44,403,652
Red Cross (7 branches) 47,535,819
Red Crescent (6 branches) 145,198,574

And the displaced population looks like this:

Total population: 4,812,993 refugees (registered, March 2016)
6,130,000-6,320,000 internally displaced refugees (based on UN estimate, March 2016)
Regions with important populations
 Turkey 2,724,937 (registered as of August 2016)
2,748,367 (the highest number registered since 3 March 2016)
 Lebanon 1,500,000 (estimated arrivals as of Dec 2015)
1,048,275 (registered)
 Jordan 1,265,000 (census results as of Nov 2015)
657,422 (registered July 2016)
 Germany 600,000 (registered by April 2016)
 Greece 496,119 (arrivals to May 2016)
54,574 (estimated in country May 2016)
5,615 (applicants to Dec 2015)
 Saudi Arabia 420,000 (estimated overstays as of 2015)
 Macedonia 400,000 (estimated arrivals)
2,150 (applicants to December 2015)
 Serbia (incl. Kosovo) 313,314 (applicants to December 2015)
 Iraq (incl. Iraqi Kurdistan) 1,139,000 (estimated in Iraqi Kurdistan)
956,000 (estimated rest of Iraq March 2016)
249,395 (registered)
 United Arab Emirates 242,000 (estimated overstays, government source, 2015)
 Kuwait 155,000+ (estimated overstays to June 2015)
 Egypt 117,702 (registered as of March 2016)
119,665 (UNHCR estimate as of March 2016)
500,000 (Egypt MFA estimate as of September 2016)
 Sweden 110,333 (applicants to December 2015)
 Hungary 72,505 (applicants to December 2015)
 Canada 61,452 (applicants to October 2016)
39,295 (approved as of November 2016)
36,223 (resettled as of November 2016)
 Croatia 55,000 (estimated as of September 2015)
386 (applicants to December 2015)
 Algeria 43,000 (estimated as of November 2015)
5,721 (registered as of November 2015)
 Qatar 40,000 (estimated overstays 2015)
42 (registered)
 Austria 39,131 (applicants to July 2016)
 Netherlands 31,963 (applicants to July 2016)
 Libya 26,672 (registered as of December 2015)
 Armenia 20,000 (estimated as of October 2016)
 Denmark 19,433 (applicants to December 2015)
 Bulgaria 17,527 (applicants to December 2015)
 United States 16,218 (resettled to November 2016) 
 Belgium 15,951 (applicants to July 2016)
 Norway 13,993 (applicants to December 2015)
 Singapore 13,856 (applicants to December 2015)
  Switzerland 12,931 (applicants to July 2016)
 France 11,694 (applicants to July 2016)
 Brazil 9,000 (approved)
2,097 (as of November 2015)
 United Kingdom 9,467 (applicants to July 2016)
5,102 (resettled as of August 2015)
 Spain 8,365 (applicants to December 2015)
 Russia 5,000 (estimated 2015)
 Malaysia 5,000 (estimated August 2015)
 Australia 4,500 (2015)
 Tunisia 4,000 (September 2015)
 Cyprus 3,527 (applicants to December 2015)
 Bahrain 3,500 (estimated June 2015)
 Argentina 3,000 (approved)
 Montenegro 2,975 (applicants to December 2015)
 Italy 2,538 (applicants to December 2015)
 Romania 2,525 (applicants to December 2015)
 Malta 1,222 (applicants to December 2015)
 Somalia 1,312 (as of January 2016)
 Finland 1,127 (as of December 2015)
 Gaza Strip 1,000 (as of December 2013)
Language: Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, Armenian, Aramaic
Religion: Sunni Islam, Christianity, Shia Islam, Yazidism, Druze

Here is a List of Syrian refugee camps.

syrian-refugee-crisis-warI have mixed emotions about the Syrian refugee crisis because if the United States was in civil war I would pick a side and join the fight. Still I would want my daughter and her mom to be safe and find refuge somewhere. Imagine the U.S. at war. Your job and everything you know as stability is suddenly gone. Your friends and family are dying and being seriously injured. What do you do? Would you want the world to turn a cold shoulder and say it’s not my problem or would you want it to open it’s nations boarders to let in your loved ones and seniors. I hope there would be a safe haven that would treat them decently and with respect so that I could get on with the fight. Stability would have to be returned to this beautiful Country so they could come back. If the wrong side won I would hope to God that they had found a permanent sanctuary elsewhere.

AMMAN, Jordan _ In this photo taken Sunday, August 28, 2016, Syrian refugee Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, speaks to reporters at the Amman, Jordan office of the International Organization for Migration. Jouriyeh is flanked by his sons Farouq, 8, and Hamzeh, 12. The six-member Jouriyeh family will head to San Diego, California, as part of a year-long program to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States.(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
NYTCREDIT: Raad Adayleh/Associated Press

The United States has 16,218 refugees as of November 2016 and has contributed $4.5 billion as of December 2015. I understand the need to look out for others and it is a need. The human specie would have died out long ago without it. I just wonder if $4.5 billion is excessive with the National debt we carry and the number of U.S. citizens who are in need. After the the Paris attacks 30 states led by republican governors and 1 state led by a democratic governor tried to block efforts to admit Syrian refugees. We should let in Syrian refugees with our monetary focus being on the ones we let in. Paranoia about terrorist attacks is not unfounded so it’s important to have a rigorous intake process. If we spent the money that we’ve contributed, on the refugees that we took in it would be $277,469.48 per migrant. We could reduce that money and let in more if we just focused on a National strategy. We’d be aiding more and paying less.

syrian-refugee-crisis-protestSince 2011, when the civil war broke out over protest against the Assad government, Baitulmaal  launched a humanitarian aid campaign and thousands of refugees found shelter in Lybia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is overseeing the global crisis.

In 2012 Israel announced preparations to accommodate Alawite Syrian refugees in the occupied Golan Heights, should the Syrian government collapse. Refugees in the Kurdish region of Iraq reached 1,000 and were offered shelter and medical care in Domiz camp. Ethnic Kurdish refugees were offered military training to protect Kurdish-majority territories in Syria. The April offensive by the Syrian Army, preceding the April 10 ceasefire under the Kofi Annan peace plan, coincided with a peak flow of refugees to Turkey.

syrian-refugee-crisis-orthodox-christiansIn 2013 Orthodox Christian refugees began to arrive in the U.S. In September Sweden granted permanent residency to all asylum seekers and the right to family reunification. Brazil was the first country in the Americas to offer humanitarian visas to refugees.

In 2014 Iraqi refugees fled to northeastern Syria. There were people trying desperately to get out and people trying desperately to get in. “The Syria crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.

syrian-refugee-crisis-passportIn 2015 the refugee number reached 4 million according to the UNHCR. Saudi Arabia claimed it had given residency to between 10,000 and 2.5 million people but those numbers are widely disputed. The countries who aren’t as well off monetarily really didn’t want an influx to there populations while richer countries welcomed the diversity. In September German Customs seized packages of fake Syrian passports for non-Syrians to be granted asylum in Germany. On September 3rd, Alan Kurdi (3 years old), his brother Ghalib Kurdi (5 years old) and their mother drown, as their family attempted to migrate by sea into Europe. The image of Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach became a seminal moment in the refugee crises and global response. On September 21st, EU home affairs and interior ministers approved a plan to accept and redistribute 120,000 asylum seekers (not only Syrians) across the EU. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia opposed the plan and Finland abstained. In October the UN’s Human Rights Chief claimed that the Czech Republic is holding migrants in degrading and jail like conditions. Under the Dublin Regulation, an asylum applicant in one EU country, must be returned to that country, should they attempt onward migration to another EU country. Hungary was overburdened by asylum applications during the European Migrant Crises, to the point that on June 23rd it refuses to allow further applicants to be returned by other EU countries. Germany and the Czech Republic suspend the Dublin Regulation for Syrians and start to process their asylum applications directly. Prostitution became more prevalent among women and teen refugees.

Turkish Border Guards Shooting Syrian Refugees Daily :Amnesty Intl

In 2016 a factory producing fake life jackets got busted in the same week that 30 people washed up on Turkish beaches having drowned in their attempts to reach Greece. A multi billion euro deal caused Turkey to slightly amp up it’s efforts against people smuggling. Refugee numbers in Greece will probably start backing up due to the number of nations restricting the number of refugees admitted, Namely Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Skopia. According to Amnesty International Turkish guards routinely shoot at refugees stranded at the boarder and returned thousands of them to a war zone since mid January. On May 10th, Human Rights Watch said Turkish border guards were shooting and beating Syrian refugees trying to reach Turkey, resulting in deaths and serious injuries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denied it. On May 18th, lawmakers from the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) have said that Turkey should not use Syrian refugees as a bribe for the process of visa liberalization for Turkish citizens inside the European Union. syrian-refugee-crisis-sexual-assaultOn June 3rd a Turkish cleaning worker, at the Nizip camp in Gaziantep got caught sexually assaulting refugee boys. He was sentenced to 108 years and said he wasn’t the only one involved. He said he paid the boys, who were between 8-12 years old, between $.70 and $1.70 before molesting them in the bathroom. On June 18th, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has praised Greece for showing “remarkable solidarity and compassion” towards refugees and he also called for international support. On the night of June 18th, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces Turkish security forces killed several Syrian refugees who attempted to cross the border into Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied the claims. After the 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt in July, Greek authorities on a number of Aegean Islands have called for emergency measures to curtail a growing flow of refugees from Turkey, the number of migrants and refugees willing to make the journey across the Aegean has increased noticeably. The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) warned about the prospect of another flare-up in the refugee/migrant crisis due to the Turkish political instability. The UNHCR calls for refugees to work toward self-reliance in their host countries.

syrian-refugee-crisis-familyThis is really happening. People are dying and suffering. I thank God it’s not my family. When you look at your husband or wife, children, siblings, parents or grand parents tonight imagine them being in a refugee situation; you yourself as well. Give praise to the Government it’s Citizens and the good Lord above that you’re not. If Occupational Parenting started right here in America it would spread to the world in no time and once it spread to the world it would be the end of war except the practice of it. Until next month; keep your homes well.

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