Syria Refugees

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

Jessica Elgot

iPhone Photos From Syria's Teen Refugees Show Both How Normal And Strange Their Life Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

The pictures from the refugee camps of Jordan tend to show just the crying babies, the ragged tents and handouts stamped with the names of foreign gov...

Jessica Elgot

The Secret Gardens Of Syria's Refugee Camps

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

The tales from Syria's refugee camps are mostly of horror, poverty, trauma and distress. But in Jordan's Za’atari camp, there are some green shoots ...

We Are Actively Forcing People to Choose Between Dying in Their War-torn Country and Dying in the Sea

Sarah Teather | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

While politicians agree to bomb ISIS and arm other groups in the Middle East, no protection is offered to those fleeing the conflict. Instead Ministers appear on TV shows claiming that UK towns are "under siege" from migrants. Not only do these words stir up tensions, but they are also an insult to those who know what it's truly like to be under siege as their lives are ripped apart by civil wars across the Middle East... Instead of working with international partners and organisations to set up mechanisms that not only share the burden between countries but that also offer people safe, legal opportunities to travel, the UK will refuse to help rescue those who are drowning. We should all be ashamed.

'Our Era's Biggest Humanitarian Emergency' - The Plight of Three Million Syrian Refugees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
European Parliament Web Team

The continuing conflict has led to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and Iraq. While Europe has taken in thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in neighbouring countries that struggle to deal with the influx...

Jumping Syria's Aid Queue: Solving Syria's Aid Conundrum

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The problem of aid delivery in Syria has become so grave that the UN is pressing the Syrian government to allow more aid to pass through Turkey to reach what it estimates to be 3.5 million people who have been isolated and cut off from any form of humanitarian relief.

Syria's 'Hidden Casualties'

Toby Porter | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

The Syrian crisis is ubiquitous: UNHCR announced on 3rd April that the conflict had generated its millionth refugee in Lebanon alone, and confirms the movement of 2.5m Syrians outside their country as the largest since the Rwandan genocide twenty years ago this week.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Neighbour Carrying a Huge Burden

Penny Sims | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Penny Sims

Yesterday the number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN in Lebanon passed one million. Most Lebanese people will tell you the real number is much higher.

Syrian Refugees Arriving In Britain 'Will Be First Of Many' Charities Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Human rights groups have expressed hope that the handful of Syrian refugees set to arrive in the UK tomorrow will be the "be the first of many.” ...

65% Of Syria's Refugees Fear They Will Never Return Home

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

The majority of Syrian refugees believe they will never be able to return to their country, according to new research. Refugees surveyed by Oxfam s...

This Picture Of A Syrian Boy Crossing The Desert Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Just a few steps away from safety, in the chaos of crossing the Jordanian border, four-year-old Marwan was separated from his family. Suddenly alon...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Opening The Door

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 29 January 2014... 1) OPENING THE DOOR Hurrah! From the front page of the Times: "Some...

Geneva 2: It's Not Just Peace That's a Priority for Syrians, It's Survival

Sara Firth | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Sara Firth

Far from the conference corridors at the Geneva 2 talks - the corridors of the UNHCR's Beirut office are bustling. Outside in the morning sun hundreds of Syrian refugees have already gathered in long queues. They're waiting.

Emma Thompson And Colin Firth Demand Cameron Offer Safe Haven For Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Syria's growing number of refugees have found some unlikely champions in the form of British actors Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. The British Hollywo...

From Zero to Zero: Syria's Double Refugees in Lebanon

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

All any of these families want is to go home, to return to what they knew, to resume normal lives. The only way this will happen is for the conflict to end, for peace talks to begin to allow a safe return to pick back up the lives left behind. No one is suggesting that is likely to be any time soon.

Field Diary: A Visit to Jordan's Borderlands

Toby Fricker | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Toby Fricker

The 200 to 500 refugees who arrive daily in Jordan now cross at the north-eastern border areas, which, despite challenging desert conditions, are safer to reach from the Syrian side. "Only the badly wounded cross here now," Salah tells us.

One Man's Struggle in Syria: Six Operations Later'

Jane-Ann McKenna | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Jane-Ann McKenna

Abdul* sits stoically upright in bed as he explains how he came to be here, in this hospital in Jordan. "I was a civilian, not a fighter. My brother was captured by the regime and killed. I was arrested and imprisoned for seven months, where I was tortured on a regular basis"...

Kurdish Questions at the Party Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British Government is now rightly seeking to mobilise the international community to raise a billion dollars a month to help the Syrian refugees and, as a British minister argued, to help prevent the Middle East erupting into continuous conflict.

Refugees in Yemen: First the Africans, Now the Syrians

Omar Mashjari | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Omar Mashjari

Even though Yemen is unable to feed its own population, it currently hosts at least 250,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Iraq according to the conservative figures of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Syria: Where to Now?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

So it seems that we now have a Russo-American deal of sorts over those nasty chemical weapons in Syria. It is quite true that President Putin spared President Obama's blushes with an astute (and also self-interested) deal that purportedly gets rid of those Syrian chemical weapons.

Are We Failing Syria's Refugees?

Katie McQue | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie McQue

Unlike a military intervention in Syria, providing sufficient support to the country's refugees is something that should require no debate. The UN has appealed to the world to plug the $2billion shortfall of funds needed now to keep the seven million people displaced by the conflict safe and healthy.

Helping Syrian Children Displaced By Conflict Return to a Sense of Normality

Alma Hassoun | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Alma Hassoun

In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away... I was part of a Unicef team that visited a centre where psycho-social support is being made available to hundreds of displaced children in the area.

Syrian Refugees Just Want to Return to Their Homes... If There's Anything Left of Them

Kate Rose | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Kate Rose

It's a hard thing to imagine, a war zone.... Most adults are unable to work, their children unable to attend school, and it's difficult to afford basics like utilities, water and health care. So they sit in their homes and wait, while children slowly give up on their dreams for the future.

Syria's Children: a Lost Generation?

Laura Padoan | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Laura Padoan

Across the UK, British kids are getting ready - most likely with heavy hearts - to return to the classroom as the new school year starts. But for Syria's children, the routines of childhood usually taken for granted will pass unobserved. Because today marks a tragic milestone in Syria's brutal conflict: one million children have now been forced to flee their homeland. Children make up half of all refugees from the Syrian conflict, the vast majority of them under the age of 11. And these are just the children who have managed to escape across the border to Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, or Iraq

NBA Player Pau Gasol Reaches Syrian Children in Domiz Refugee Camp

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

As well as playing basketball with the children, Gasol chatted with Tolin and her sister. Tolin told him how she fled Syria with her family seven months ago to escape the violence and bombing. She also told him she still wants to be a doctor when she grows up, even though she hasn't been to school since she left Syria...