Number of Syrian refugees passes 5 million

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

The tally of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and North Africa had hovered just below five million since the middle of 2016.

With the war in Syria in its sixth year, there are about 200,000 more Syrian refugees than there were 12 months ago.

The number of Syrians who have fled the war in their country has risen to more than five million, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday in Geneva.

After President Donald Trump announced his now-blocked executive order freezing the refugee program, Lebanon's president pushed for refugees in his country to be sent back to Syria. "The global community needs to do more to help them", says a statement by UNHCR.

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"To meet this challenge, we not only need additional places, but also need to accelerate the implementation of existing pledges", he added.

Turkey continues to host the highest number of Syrian refugees.

A large number of Syrians have also fled to Europe.

"Oxfam calls on rich countries to show their support for Syria's neighbours that have welcomed these refugees and to resettle at least the most vulnerable 10 per cent most of Syrian refugees by the end of 2017", said Winnie Byanyima, the charity's worldwide executive director.

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"A million Syrian refugee children are out of school and missing out on education, and they are the ones who will have to contribute to rebuilding Syria for the next generation", said Mr McDonald. They mostly live in informal camps across the country. "The government will never take such action because we know that the refugees will confront many dangers", he said.

Saad Hariri is to propose the worldwide community commits $10,000 to $12,000 (9,300 11,260 euros) per refugee in Lebanon "over five to seven years".

Aid groups and the United Nations have also regularly warned about the long-term impact of the crisis, particularly on children. "I say Lebanon has become a big refugee camp", Hariri said, pointing out that the influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has stretched the country's economic resources.

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