Many Obstacles for Syrian Refugees in Europe

“No welcome mat for Syrians in Europe,” from IRIN:

The human exodus from Syria started with a trickle in the latter half of 2011 that became a steady stream in 2012, and turned into a flood in 2013. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that on average 5,000 Syrians flee their country every day and that by mid-September around 2.1 million were living as refugees, mainly in neighbouring countries. Lebanon alone has taken in 752,000, while Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt have also accepted hundreds of thousands.

The Turkish government says it has spent $2 billion responding to the refugee influx from Syria while Jordan has spent a similar amount just during the first nine months of 2013. A recent World Bank report estimated that the conflict and the waves of refugees it has created has doubled unemployment in Lebanon, cut GDP growth and strained health, education, water and sanitation systems to breaking point…

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