Syria's Refugee Crisis
Great Decisions 2015 | Topic 6
As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains.
Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.
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This short documentary from VICE looks at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan provides a glimpse of one of the largest refugee camps today. Just 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it's a reflection of how bad the situation in Syria has become.
This presentation from a workshop conducted by the Boston University Institute for Iraqi Studies gives a brief overview of the refugee crisis, contextualizing it and covering "lessons learned" from the Iraqi refugee crisis.
This longform article in The New York Times Magazine from February 2014 looks at the inner workings of the Kilis refugee camp. It also looks at what has made the Turkish response to the Syrian refugee crisis so successful.
Once little more than "sand, snakes and scorpions," Za’atari has transformed into the site of the world's second largest refugee camp. In this longform article, David Remnick delves into the lives of the refugees there and looks at their struggle to flee the Syrian Civil War.
This World Policy Journal piece looks at Turkey's early efforts to accommodate the waves of incoming refugees. PDF available through SAGE.