What You Need to Know about the Syrian Conflict - InterAction Resources

Following the devastating attacks that took place last week in France and Lebanon, the international community must stand together to protect vulnerable people around the world. 

For Syria's displaced population, the need for ongoing humanitarian assistance and a comprehensive political solution is greater than ever. The United Nations estimates that 7.6 million people have been internally displaced by violence while almost 4.1 million people have fled their homes, schools, and communities and are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries. The influx and prolonged presence of refugees is crippling the nations that are hosting them, further destabilizing an already fragile region.

Additionally, 322,000 people – of which at least 70%  are refugees, mostly coming from Syria – have crossed into Europe since the beginning of 2015. UNHCR estimates that some 2,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

To help provide more information about the broader activities of InterAction members to assist Syrian refugees and displaced populations as well as help responding organizations interested in collaborating, InterAction has compiled a list of online resources related to the crisis in Syria and refugees.

InterAction Policy Statement in Support of Syrian Refugees

We must not jeopardize U.S. leadership in response to the Syrian crisis by imposing new restrictions on funding for Syrian and other refugees fleeing violence and terrorism around the world. For decades, the United States has guarded its own national security while supporting refugees who seek freedom from oppression. Read more. 

InterAction Fact Sheet: Myths vs. Reality on Syrian Refugees

To help dispell some of the many myths surrounding efforts to assist Syrian refugees, InterAction has released a short fact sheet for policymakers, members of the press, and civil society advocates. Read more.

Interactive Syrian Refugee Aid Map

This interactive map provides a partial snapshot of InterAction members’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The map is updated automatically with data provided by InterAction members to NGO Aid Map, a voluntary InterAction initiative. Learn more.

InterAction Media Resources on Syria & Refugees

InterAction has compiled a list of members available to speak to the media on issues relating to the refugee crisis, such as fundraising and advocacy in the U.S., working on the ground in Europe with refugees, and addressing the displaced populations in Syria and neighboring nations. Learn more. 

Syria Crisis List: How Our Members Are Responding

Over 30 InterAction members are responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. The Syria Crisis List highlights each organization's specific work and includes a Syria-specific donation link. Learn more.

Telebriefing: NGO's Call for Syrian Regional Stability Plan

On Tuesday, November 10, InterAction hosted a special press telebriefing featuring experts from several leading NGOs on what steps G20 leaders should take to address this historic crisis. InterAction, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, and International Rescue Committee discussed the need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, explored the current state of refugee relief efforts, and shared key insights gained by the NGO community from on-the-ground efforts to aid Syrian refugees in Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East. Listen to the conversation.

Related Blogs

Refugee Crisis: We must not forget where needs are greatest

By Concern Worldwide U.S. President Áine Fay.

Tackling a crisis of this magnitude is going to require the world coming together, to not only open borders to more Syrian families, but also to increase humanitarian funding to Syria and its neighbors and push for a political solution to the war. Read more. 

By Near East Foundation Senior Practice Lead Jina Krause-Vilmar.

The international community must continue to advocate for refugees' self-reliance. We must ensure that in addition to immediate aid, refugees have access to skill-building, financial resources, and economic opportunities, so they have the chance to build their own futures. Read more.