Timeline & Figures


Less than 1% of Syrian refugees

will ever get a chance to be resettled overseas


More than 4.5M Syrian refugees

are in just 5 countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt


More than 20 Million

used to live in Syria in 2010

Timeline of Syrian Conflict

March 2011: Civil uprising begins.
April 2011: Flow of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries begins as 2,000 cross into Turkey.
July 2012: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-run  Zaatari refugee camp is opened in Jordan.
December 2012: UN says more than 500,000 Syrian refugees have fled by year’s end.
March 2013: UN says more than a million Syrians are now refugees. Growing numbers flee the cities of Deraa, Homs, Aleppo and Damascus.
June 2013: António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, calls Syria the “worst humanitarian disaster of our era.”
December 2013: UN says by end of year 2.3 million Syrian refugees have fled into Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
August 2014: UN reports that the number of Syrian refugees has surpassed 3 million with more than a million people having fled in the last 12 months alone.
January 2016: A report from the International Organization for Migration notes 2015 as the deadliest year for immigrants and refugees
March 2016: Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada reaches over 26,000
September 2016: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges more help for Syrian refugees at UN summit in New York
January 2017: The Government of Canada announces expiry of exemption policy for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
February 2017: Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada reaches over 40,000.


About more than 400 thousand Syrians have died

and more than 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria (more than half the country’s pre-war population)


4 out of 5 Syrian refugees

are women and children


Nearly 5 million refugees fled Syria

and at least 6 million are internally displaced


Nearly 40 thousand Syrian refugees

have arrived in Canada