UN: 5,000 Flee Syria Every Day; 28% of Population Driven From Homes

September 3, 2013 - 1:28 PM

syrian tents

One of the many Syrian tent cites established to help the 6.25 million Syrians displaced (or living as refugees) because of the civil war that started in March 2011. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) -- According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today, there are now 2 million Syrians who have fled their country as refugees and another 4.25 million who have been displaced from their home, but remain within the country.

The combined 6.25 million Syrians who are either refugees or displaced from their homes equals 28% of the Syrian population of 22,457,336

Additionally, the UNHCR said that "an average of almost 5,000 Syrians" were fleeing the country every day.

The UNHCR also predicts that by the end of 2013, about 10.25 million Syrians will need aid, including 3.5 million refugees and 6.8 million “Syrians inside their country, many of whom will be displaced from their homes.”

Those 10.25 million people would equal 46% of Syria’s population.

The UNHCR said that, as of the end of August 2013, 2 million Syrians were refugees in neighboring countries: 110,000 Syrians were in Egypt; 168,000 Syrians in Iraq;  515,000 in Jordan; 716,000 in Lebanon;  and 460,000 in Turkey.

The UNHCR also said that 4.25 million people are displaced inside Syria/

According to the UNHCR, 52% of the refugee population (or 1.04 million) are children ages 17 years or below.