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Countries with Syrian refugees

The immigrant Syrian crisis highlight the strong differences among countries that welcome migrants and those that don’t.

Some countries have taken in many migrants, but others countries have done little or nothing at all. For example, Turkey shelters almost half of the Syrian refugees. It is more than clear that this country has more than it can handle. Turkey and Syria share a border, so this country is the No.1 destination for displaced families.

In Lebanon, the influx is very profound. Here, the number of refugees is 1.1 million. Jordan also provides a shelter to a large number of refugees for Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Syrians are the majority of Jordan’s refugee population. Until now, Jordan has 629 refugees.

In Iraq, most of the Syrian refugees have settled in northern areas such as Duhuk, Nineveh, and Irbil. These areas are the closest to the Syrian border and they have large Kurdish populations.

“As Syria’s civil war has dragged on, the direction of forced migration for many Iraqi refugees has reversed. Tens of thousands of Iraqis who sought refuge in Syria between 2003 and 2011 have returned home, joining about a million Iraqis who were already internally displaced” said Refugees International.

In Egypt there are 132,000 refugees. Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island only for refugees. He said he would like to buy an isle form Italy or Greece and the island’s name should be “Hope”.


The country who faces the largest share of Syrian requests for asylum in Europe is Germany. This year, there could be 800.000 applications for asylum in Germany. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said that Germany could take 500.000 refugees annually for several years.

In France, the number of asylum requests has been relatively low. Other countries with large number of Syrian Asylum requests are Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria and Bulgaria.

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