The Syrian refugee influx is becoming a “time bomb” in Lebanon– politically, socially, and environmentally. The Lebanese government and local and international agencies working in Lebanon are overwhelmed by the Syrian crisis and need support to meet the immense needs. Intense pressure has been exerted on all sectors of Lebanese society since the crisis began.
There were over 57,000 refugees or others in similar situations (stateless people, "persons of concern," etc.) in Greece in mid-2016. Struggling from its own economic crisis, the Islands lacked the necessary infrastructure, services and personnel support to meet the growing needs. In response to the sudden, urgent need after the initial influxes, our teams' work in Greece in 2015 to 2016 focused on providing care, tools and resources for refugees with nowhere else to turn.
Turkey now hosts the world's largest number of refugees. Vulnerable families from Syria and other neighboring countries need services, care and assistance to survive in the months - and years - to come. As the number of asylum seekers continues to grow, support for refugees in Turkey will be critical to saving and protecting lives.