Syria humanitarian response
The Syria conflict remains one of the largest humanitarian and security crises facing the world today. As at June 2022, the UN estimates 14.6 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, including over 6.5 million children. Over half the population has been forced from their homes; and over 6.8 million people have fled the violence in Syria, with the majority fleeing to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Türkiye, Iraq and Egypt.
The COVID-19 outbreak has compounded the already significant humanitarian, economic and governance challenges across the Middle East. This is particularly the case in Lebanon and Jordan, which host large numbers of Syrian refugees. With 93 per cent of Syrian refugees residing within host communities in urban areas, local resources, infrastructure and services are already under severe strain.
In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, Australia has provided about $525 million dollars in humanitarian support since 2011, including the $249 million, four-year Syria Crisis Humanitarian and Resilience Package (2017-20).
Our current humanitarian response to the Syria crisis is providing immediate lifesaving assistance and protection to vulnerable people in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, as well as support to enhance the resilience of Syrian refugees and their hosts in Lebanon and Jordan.
A diverse range of partners are currently delivering Australia’s humanitarian response to the crisis in order to reach people in need across the region, including UN agencies, local NGOs, international humanitarian organisations and Australian NGOs.