Aid groups urge nations to take in 180,000 Syrian refugees
More than 30 humanitarian organisations launched an appeal on Monday for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.
Beirut: More than 30 humanitarian organisations launched an appeal on Monday for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.
That figure would represent five percent of the nearly 3.6 million Syrians expected to be living as refugees by the end of 2015, according to projections from the UN refugee agency.
The issue will be discussed at a ministerial-level pledging conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
After three years of fighting in Syria, more than 3.2 million refugees are registered in neighbouring countries, with little sign of the conflict coming to an end.
If nations outside the region took in 180,000 refugees, and were given an aid package and economic support, it would encourage neighbouring countries to keep their borders open to fleeing Syrians, the 30-plus humanitarian, human rights and refugee organisations said in a statement.
"The extraordinary generosity shown by neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at breaking point," they warned.
Turkey and Lebanon, for example, each host more than one million registered refugees.
The groups called on countries which have not accepted any refugees so far, such as the Gulf states and Latin American countries, to do their bit.