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.
- 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