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The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis--and the search for solutions The civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people--more than half the country's population--from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to wh The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis--and the search for solutions The civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people--more than half the country's population--from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to which they have fled. The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted to consider the long-term economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people. Neighboring countries hosting thousands or even millions of refugees, Western governments called upon to provide financial assistance and even new homes for the refugees, regional and international organizations struggling to cope with the demands for food and shelter--all have found the Syria crisis to be overwhelming in its challenges. And the challenges of finding solutions for those displaced by the conflict are likely to continue for years, perhaps even for decades. The Syrian displacement crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between action to resolve conflicts and humanitarian aid to assist the victims and demonstrates the limits of humanitarian response, even on a massive scale, to resolve political crises. The increasingly protracted nature of the crisis also raises the need for the international community to think beyond just relief assistance and adopt developmental policies to help refugees become productive members of their host communities.


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The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis--and the search for solutions The civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people--more than half the country's population--from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to wh The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis--and the search for solutions The civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people--more than half the country's population--from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to which they have fled. The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted to consider the long-term economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people. Neighboring countries hosting thousands or even millions of refugees, Western governments called upon to provide financial assistance and even new homes for the refugees, regional and international organizations struggling to cope with the demands for food and shelter--all have found the Syria crisis to be overwhelming in its challenges. And the challenges of finding solutions for those displaced by the conflict are likely to continue for years, perhaps even for decades. The Syrian displacement crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between action to resolve conflicts and humanitarian aid to assist the victims and demonstrates the limits of humanitarian response, even on a massive scale, to resolve political crises. The increasingly protracted nature of the crisis also raises the need for the international community to think beyond just relief assistance and adopt developmental policies to help refugees become productive members of their host communities.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sumallya Mukhopadhyay

    The Consequence of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the failure to Protect Elizabeth Ferris and Kemal Kirisci The geopolitical war in Syria enters its sixth year with refugees flowing out of the country in unassuming numbers, and many more getting internally displaced. While the international community is still grappling with the methods to deescalate the scenario, it is understandable that the superpowers, engaged in the war, have their vested interest to look after. In the process, it is t The Consequence of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the failure to Protect Elizabeth Ferris and Kemal Kirisci The geopolitical war in Syria enters its sixth year with refugees flowing out of the country in unassuming numbers, and many more getting internally displaced. While the international community is still grappling with the methods to deescalate the scenario, it is understandable that the superpowers, engaged in the war, have their vested interest to look after. In the process, it is the Syrian population that has been on the receiving end of one of the greatest catastrophes in the modern world. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have received the bulk of the refugees; however, a substantial number of Syrian refugees have also sought asylum in the EU. In total, an estimated 13 million Syrians are refugees at present. An alarming number, to say the least, and also symptomatic of the problem that persists even today. What complicates the matter is the fact that the refugee problem is a recurrent phenomenon in the Arab countries. Syrian refugees only aggravate the trend that started with the Iraqi and the Palestinian refugees. Often displacement is used, not as a by-product of essentialized violence, but as a deliberate strategy to cleanse the area of unwanted elements. Hence, civilian men were mostly targeted in the violence. In the host countries, refugees are not granted the official status of “being refugees,” thus depriving them of various institutionalised subsidies. In other words, they are merely treated as ‘guests.’ Resettlement and voluntary repatriation are seen as only durable solutions. At times, the host countries are alleged of forcibly implementing refoulement policies. There are three main problems faced by the host countries, namely Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan: 1. The ethnic and religious background of the refugees is very diverse. 2. The political response of the host country has changed dramatically: from giving open-border access to apprehend refugees. For many indulge in anti-social activities while others take up job shares in the market at a low salary, creating a turbulent ambience among the inhabitants of the host country. 3. Changing social, economic and political scenario in the host countries due to increasing numbers of refugees. Refugees experience problems of adaptation, especially in urban settings (where most are living) in terms of access to shelter and essential services such as education and health care. Nonetheless, since an entire generation of Syrians as refugees in another country, it has also led to cultural assimilation as people get married and receive education, thereby imbibing the culture of the host country. The problems faced by those internally displaced are far graver. With various factions engaged in war, it has been challenging to create safe zones to accommodate the internally displaced. The international community did not cause Syria's war but rather was the product of deep-seated political and economic factors endemic to the region and specific actions taken by the Bashar al-Assad regime and various insurgent groups. It has been difficult for the UN to bring all the stakeholders to provide food and sustenance to the people, let alone declare ceasefire in the country. The Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation have been cryptically inactive about the entire refugee crisis. With terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, the EU took become apprehensive of the refugee presence within its territorial domain. The book aims at creating a global approach to the refugee problem: 1. One study would cover the positive and negative economic impacts of refugee in host countries. 2. A second study should examine the security implication of Syrian refugees. While writings on the Syrian refugee crisis often appear to be propagandists in nature, the book tries to address the problem by urging the superpowers to take greater responsibility for the damage they have done to the country.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julio Enrique Pérez

    Me sirvió de gran ayuda para mi reciente comité de Crisis de Refugiados. Lo recomiendo para todo el que desee entender la situación de refugiados en Siria.

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