International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Syria Refugee Crisis

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

Nearly five years after the outbreak of war, the International Rescue Committee has helped more than 3 million Syrian refugees and internally displaced people to recover and rebuild their lives. We provide medical and other critical aid, ensure refugees have access to legal counseling, 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. We're also helping to resettle Syrians granted refugee in the United States.

  • In Syria, we have reached almost 2 million people with medical care, shelter, emergency supplies and cash assistance. We run healing classrooms and child-friendly spaces for children and offer services for survivors of violence including counseling.
  • 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. We also help children who’ve crossed the border alone to reunite with their families.
  • In Lebanon, the IRC operates women’s centers that provide counseling, medical consultations, and group activities to refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. We are also helping hundreds of refugee families and the Lebanese hosting them with cash assistance for rent, food, utilities and other essentials. We’re providing education for refugee children as well as job training for adults. 
  • In Iraq, In Iraq, the IRC has ramped up its response to violence propagated by armed forces. The IRC operates women’s centers, provides education, water and sanitation services, health care, cash assistance and ensures refugees have free access to legal assistance.

  • In Greece, the IRC is improving living conditions for thousands of refugees sheltering in makeshift camps on the island of Lesbos. We are also helping new arrivals navigate the perplexing registration process and understand their legal rights.
October 2, 2015 | Blog
The surge in refugees arriving in Greece has given 33-year-old George Tyrikos the chance to repay a 70-year-old family debt to the people of Syria, where his grandmother sought shelter during the Second World War. George was recently featured on Humans of New York, which is currently sharing refugees' stories.

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