02 August 2013

Regional Focus: Syrians

An evaluation of UNHCR's response to the Syrian refugee crisis has been released by a joint UNHCR/NGO team.  In brief, the review recommends that:

"UNHCR and its partners...complement their emergency response activities with comprehensive and proactive strategies that focus on: (a) more extensive and effective outreach to out-of-camp refugees; (b) improving standards and security for refugees living in camps; (c) reinforcing UNHCR’s presence and capacity at the point of delivery; (d) ensuring the immediate involvement of development actors so as to mitigate the impact of the refugee influx on host states and communities; and (e) clarifying and strengthening UNHCR’s approach to coordinating the international response to the Syrian refugee emergency."

Other related publications:

Analysis: The Syrian Urban Refugee Problem in Northern Iraq (IRIN, July 2013) [text]

Findings from the Inter- Agency Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Assessment in the Za'atari Refugee Camp (Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Sub-Working Group Jordan, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Gender-based Violence and Child Protection among Syrian Refugees in Jordan, with a Focus on Early Marriage (UN Women, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Protection of Syrians in the EU:  UNHCR's Paper for the Informal JHA Council, Vilnius, 18 July 2013 (UNHCR, Juy 2013) [text]

"Syria's Exodus: A Refugee Crisis for the World," The Guardian, 24 July 2013 [text]

Syrian Crisis in its Third Year: Field Report, May 2011-June 2013 (IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, July 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Tale of Two Za'ataris (IRIN, July 2013) [text]

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