To mark World Refugee Day 2021, UNHCR spoke with some refugees who are still living in Syria today.
Many of you may have heard the stories and struggles of Syrian refugees around the world, but what many don’t know is that Syria also hosts over 462,000 refugees and asylum seekers from different nationalities (438,000 Palestinian refugees under UNRWA’s mandate and over 24,000 refugees and asylum seekers under UNHCR’s mandate).
In fact, Syria was once the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world hosting more than a million Iraqi refugees at the end of 2009.
Despite not being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol, Syria has always been a generous refugee hosting country, welcoming refugees from many countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
To mark World Refugee Day 2021, UNHCR spoke with some refugees who are still living in Syria today. These stories offer a glimpse into their lives as refugees in Syria, their challenges, resilience and courage to survive despite immense challenges.