Conditions for Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are Deteriorating

Syrian families now settled in Canada report that conditions for relatives in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are growing steadily worse. For Syrians now living in Canada, fear and worry for family members left behind is often their most pressing concern. To the extent of our financial capacity, OCRA has responded by seeking to privately sponsor close relations of our settled families.

Several recent reports from international organizations document the deteriorating conditions for Syrian refugees who fled to other Middle East countries.

In Lebanon, where the entire population has suffered a decline in living standards, the situation for Syrian refugees is particularly dire. Nine out of ten Syrians in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, according to UNHCR. Thirty percent of school age children have never been to school. Almost 30,000 Syrian children are engaged in child labour.

the vast majority of refugees continued to resort to negative coping strategies to survive, such as begging, borrowing money, not sending children to school, reducing health expenses or not paying rent

UNHCR Assessment of Vulnerability of Refugees in Lebanon 2021

In Jordan, the majority of Syrian refugees, more than 650,000 in total, live in urban areas, not refugees camps. 85% live in extreme poverty. Most rely on humanitarian aid to obtain food.

Almost 90 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are either already hungry or teetering on the edge of food insecurity. To make their basic food needs, parents are eating less to make supplies last longer and taking their children out of school to work or beg.”

UN Food Program: Conditions for Refugees in Jordan

In Turkey, which has the largest number of Syrian refugees — 3.6 million — Syrians are experiencing increasing xenophobia and hostility as the Turkish economy falters. Syrian men has experience forced deportation to an active war zone in Syria. Syrians who can find employment must work in the informal labour market, where exploitation is widespread.

the climate for Syrians in Turkey has reached a critical juncture”

Refugees International, Refugees in Turkey face insecurity

For More on Deteriorating Conditions:

UNHCR Assessment of Vulnerability of Refugees in Lebanon 2021

UN Food Program conditions for Refugees in Jordan

Refugees in Turkey face insecurity