Syria Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Syria.

For Syria country of information (COI) experts, reports, commentaries and relevant documents, please click here.

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

All refugee agencies in Syria must be registered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and, until recently, have had a mandate to deal with Iraqis only. Although many non-Iraqi refugees benefit indirectly from programmes for Iraqis, there are no services directly tailored to their needs. Recently SARC accepted that services aimed at Iraqis may also be extended to non-Iraqis, and some organizations, such as IECD, a French development agency, have altered their programmes accordingly.

See below for a statistical breakdown of the numbers of refugees residing in Syrian Arab Republic by the countries of origin. These statistics do not include some 477,700 Palestinian refugees covered by the UN Relief and Works Agency. See Occupied Palestinian Territory under Country of Origin Information for more information.

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies – DCHRS

Contact person: Radwan Ziadeh

The Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS) is an independent, non-governmental organization established in 2005, located in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Its mission is to foster a spirit of support and respect for the values and standards of human rights in Syria. DCHRS works on a variety of documentation projects including daily casualty reports, massacre reports, and other human rights violations reports.

Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)

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Contact person: Yaman Tahan / Simav Hasan
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Independent non-governmental non-profit organization that seeks to build a society that guarantees freedom of expression and belief, human rights and justice. Our vision is a democratic world based on justice, freedom, equality and respect for human rights and dignity.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent
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Harasta suburb – the eastern entrance – Autostrade Damascus, Homs, Damascus, Syria; P.O. Box: Damascus – Harasta 56
Tel: +963 11 33 27 691 or +963 11 33 27 698  or +963 11 33 27 645 or +963 11 33 27 646
Fax: +963 11 33 27 695
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Assistance to refugees inside and outside Damascus including the provision of food, basic necessities and medical assistance. The SARC works with UNHCR and the WFP.