The Syrian Refugee Crisis


  • The civil uprising in Syria began in March 2011; following this uprising, a flow of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries begins
  • António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, calls Syria the “worst humanitarian disaster of our era.
  • June 2015: The number of refugees is expected to reach 4 million
  • More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children.
  • Less than 1% of Syria’s refugees will ever get a chance to be resettled overseas.
  • Since the civil war began, over 250,000 people have died, most of whom were believed to be civilians. 
  • Four million refugees now live outside Syria and at least 8 million are displaced inside the country.
  • Over one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 seeking asylum, most of them settling in Germany and Sweden.

In Canada

  • Canada has committed to resettle 25,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees
  • The Canadian government has also committed $653.5 million in humanitarian aid to the Syrian crisis since 2012
  • Over 25,000 refugees have arrived in Canada since November 2015