Facts & Figures
- In 2010, Syria’s population was just over 20 million
- 4 out of 5 Syrian refugees are women and children
- Fewer than 1% of Syria’s refugees will ever get a chance to be resettled overseas
- More than 4.5 million Syrian refugees are in just 5 countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt
- It is estimated that more than 400,000 Syrians have died and more than 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria (more than half the country’s pre-war population)
- Nearly 5 million refugees fled Syria and at least 6 million are internally displaced
- Nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada
Timeline of Syrian Conflict
March 2011: Civil uprising begins.
April 2011: Flow of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries begins as 2,000 cross into Turkey.
July 2012: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-run Zaatari refugee camp is opened in Jordan.
December 2012: UN says more than 500,000 Syrian refugees have fled by year’s end.
March 2013: UN says more than a million Syrians are now refugees. Growing numbers flee the cities of Deraa, Homs, Aleppo and Damascus.
June 2013: António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, calls Syria the “worst humanitarian disaster of our era.”
December 2013: UN says by end of year 2.3 million Syrian refugees have fled into Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
August 2014: UN reports that the number of Syrian refugees has surpassed 3 million with more than a million people having fled in the last 12 months alone.
January 2016: A report from the International Organization for Migration notes 2015 as the deadliest year for immigrants and refugees
March 2016: Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada reaches over 26,000
September 2016: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges more help for Syrian refugees at UN summit in New York