101 Facts & Figures on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Project description

"101 Facts & Figures on the Syrian Refugee Crisis" builds on the work that was commenced in spring 2017, to communicate through social media and other platforms key facts and figures on the Syrian refugee crisis, which was meant to inform the discussion and counter falsehoods and half-truths. In this booklet, facts are based on available studies and reports produced by credible scholars, universities, think tanks, governmental agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs.

This booklet provides key figures on the Syria crisis, with evidence on its impact on the human development and local economy inside Syria, the living conditions of displaced Syrians, their legal status in host countries, and their social relations with their host communities. The booklet sheds light on the health, education, and livelihood situation of displaced Syrians inside Syria, as well as Syrian refugees in host countries. It does not only include figures that highlight the current realities surrounding the responses to the Syrian crisis (whether related to funding levels, service provision, or unmet needs), but also facts related to the future prospects of Syrian refugees as well as their spending and investments in host countries.

By taking the debate into scientific evidence, this booklet, as conceived by Dr. Nasser Yassin, is not tailored as an attempt to dilute the burden or impact of displacement on, first and foremost the refugees themselves, or on host societies and countries. On the contrary, it aims at presenting evidence-based facts and figures, contextualizing the Syrian crisis, nuancing its impacts, highlighting some positive contributions of refugees, and informing the debate.


First name Last name Gender Rank Affiliated Institution Country
Nasser Yassin Male American University of Beirut Lebanon

Bio: Nasser Yassin is the Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and professor of policy and planning at the Health Management and Policy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. He co-chairs the AUB4Refugees Initiative that aims to bring together and build synergy among faculty and departments in AUB responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. He holds a PhD from University College London (UCL), an MSc from London School of Economics (LSE), and an MSc and BSc from the American University of Beirut (AUB). His research and practice interests are in development planning and policy-making in fragile and transition states. He researches and works on policy and social innovation especially in areas of refugee, youth and health policies and programs. His current work looks at how civil society actors, community groups and informal networks can influence policies and programs. He is currently leading a research project on understanding the informal adaptive mechanisms among refugees and their host communities in the Middle East. He is author of more than 40 internationally published articles and reports. His work on Syrian refugee crisis has been featured in many media channels including Al-Jazeera, BBC, The Economist and Deutsche Welle - among others.

Rawya Khodor Female American University of Beirut Lebanon

Bio: Arab World Program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut. Her prior work experience includes working with Lebanese ministries (Ministry of Social Affairs, and Ministry of Public Health), UN agencies (UNDP, and UNRWA), and international non-governmental organizations on several social and health projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Master of Public Health. She had also completed a program on “Global Health Delivery” at Harvard. Her research and practice interests are directed towards the planning, design, and implementation of health interventions/programs, community supports, and health policy-making.



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Public policy

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Funding Agency Funding Agency Type Country of Funding Agency
UNHCR UN Lebanon

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