5.6 million refugees
More than half of all Syrians have been displaced by war — 6.6 million have been driven from their homes but remain in Syria.
Of Syrian refugees live outside of camps in makeshift shelters or urban areas, often in overcrowded and dangerous locations.
Turkey hosts 3.5 million
Millions of other Syrians refugees have found safety in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan
In March 2011, the Syrian government violently responded to public demonstrations in support of a group of teenage boys who were arrested for writing graffiti in support of the Arab Spring. Since then, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes because of war — 5.6 million have fled the country and 6.6 million more have been driven from their homes but remain in Syria.
Syrians who remain in the country have a difficult time meeting basic needs, with humanitarian aid deliveries being challenged by armed conflicts and difficult terrain. UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi calls Syria "the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause for suffering."
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In Lebanon, 70 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line and in Jordan, an astonishing 93 percent live below the poverty line.