Contribution to the UNHCR's Work in Response to the Syria Situation
On 23 March 2012, UN agencies and NGO partners, in close consultation with the refugee-hosting
Governments of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, presented the first inter-agency Regional Response
Plan for Syrian Refugees with an appeal for US$84.1 million to address the humanitarian
needs of some 98,000 Syrian refugees over a period of six months. In June 2012, this plan was revised,
and the planning figure doubled, owing to a significant increase in refugee numbers: this
brought the overall response plan requirements to US$193.2 million for a planned refugee population
of 185,000 individuals.
In the space of just a few months following this June revision, deteriorating security circumstances
in Syria have led to the exodus of even greater numbers of refugees, more than doubling refugee
numbers in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. Now with more than 280,000 people registered or
in need of humanitarian assistance and protection as of end of September, it has been necessary
for agencies to again review their coordinated response to this sudden surge in refugees.
As part of the UN consolidated response, the UNCHR is present in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq where it currently assists and protects a total of 283,234 registered Syrian refugees. The UNHCR leads or co-leads the following sectors:
- Cash and NFIs
- Shelter, Site Coordination and Site Management
- Health and Nutrition
- Basic Needs and Essential Services, including WASH
- Operations Management Support.