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  • Writer's pictureRiddhima Mehta

Syrian refugee crisis

The Syrian conflict has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. It has been more than a decade since the war began in March 2011. It put the country’s level of life back by decades and triggered the Syrian refugee problem. Syria’s refugee crisis continues to be the world’s greatest refugee and displacement crisis...



More than 13.5 million Syrians have been displaced, accounting for more than half of the country’s population. 6.8 million of these are refugees and asylum seekers who have fled the nation. The remaining 6.7 million people are internally displaced and 11.1 million require human assistance. Children have been the worst affected by the war. Many Syrian children have never experienced a period without war. More than 500,000 children are stunted as a result of starvation, some have been removed from their homes and others have been recruited into the war. Currently, 45% of Syrian refugees in the region are under the age of 18 and more than a third don't have access to education.


As the refugees suffer, the wealthy countries are tightening their refugee policies. Whether we realize it or not, the refugee crisis impacts us all and the grounds for addressing it are both practical and humanitarian. It is critical that the wealthier nations collaborate to share responsibilities for refugee protection. Currently, just a few nations are responsible for the majority of the world’s refugees. Most nations, even some of the world’s strongest economies, take in very few refugees. In the previous 10 years, Japan, for example, has only admitted 1,394 migrants. Wealthy nations must also extend their assistance and money to those in conflict-torn regions and also protect asylum seekers.



Wealthy countries must adhere to the spirit of these policies and protect those in need.

The refugee crisis is massive, and it is just getting worse. However, it is also a human-caused issue. Solutions are available. If we only had the will, we can provide a dignified existence for all displaced people.


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