International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Syria Refugee Crisis

Syrian family in a temporary refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

More than four years after the outbreak of the Syria conflict, the International Rescue Committee is continuing to assist Syrian refugees and Syrians trapped inside their country by violence. We provide medical and other critical aid, ensure refugees have access to their legal rights, and help women and girls who are victims of violence.

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How We Help

  • The IRC is currently providing support to Syrian refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Greece.

  • In Syria, we have reached close to 900,000 vulnerable people with medical and emergency supplies. We work directly in camps for displaced Syrians in the northern part of the country, providing clean water, sanitation, education, and emergency kits to tens of thousands of Syrians in need. We also provide targeted emotional and educational support for women and children in the camps. We also operate four static and two mobile clinics in northern Syria, and have already reached more than 30,000 Syrians with primary care. The IRC also works closely with Syrian partners to ensure aid reaches those in most need across the country.
  • In Jordan, the IRC provides reproductive health care, cash assistance, and social  services to refugee families, as well as counseling and other support for survivors of sexual violence. In Jordan’s refugee camps, the IRC provides support for refugee women and girls and helps to reunite children who've crossed the border alone, with their families.
  • In Lebanon, the IRC operates four Women's Centers for refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. We provide counseling, medical consultations, and group activities. We are also helping hundreds of refugee families and Lebanese living in communities with large refugee populations with cash assistance enabling them to pay for rent, food, utilities and other essentials. We are also launching a major education campaign for refugee children in Lebanon, and are providing job training and placement projects for adults. 
  • In Iraq, the IRC is working in refugee camps to reach the most vulnerable. We operate women's centers,  provide education, water and sanitation services, and ensure refugees have free access to legal assistance. We are also expanding our work with Iraq's urban refugee population, many of whom have difficulty accessing jobs, housing, education and health services. 

  • In Greece, the IRC is working to improve living conditions for refugees sheltering in a makeshift camp near the island's capital. 

Syria Crisis: Aid Worker Updates

Follow our Syria crisis Storify feature to get the latest updates, plus breaking news, photos and videos from IRC emergency response teams, our partners, and others in the region. Here are just some of their photos and videos:

IRC Reports on the Syria Crisis


Among the more than 3 million Syrian refugees and 6.5 million displaced people inside Syria, most are women and girls. The struggles they face are the focus of a new report by the IRC based on thousands of interactions with women and girls in the region since the crisis began, and interviews with nearly 200 Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the  conflict to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. Download the report PDF»
Reaching the Breaking Point:
Syrian refugees in Lebanon - Briefing Note PDF (June 2013)

Syria − A Regional Crisis:
The IRC is calling attention to the plight of millions of people displaced by turmoil in Syria.
(January 2013)

Press Release  l  Report PDF