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According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are currently 65.3 million displaced people and 21.3 million refugees worldwide, surpassing the record set in World War II. The civil war in Syria is responsible for the recent significant increase in refugees, including many of whom are now seeking to enter Western Europe. In 2015 alone, over a million refugees arrived at Greece and Italy’s shores after undertaking a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Refugees also hail from other nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, South Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria and Ukraine.

Since 2011 when anti-governmental protests led to civil war in Syria, about 11 million people have fled their homes. During the past six years of conflict in Syria, 470,000 people have been killed and 1.88 million have been wounded. . The UN reports that “By the end of 2014, Syria had become the world’s top source country of refugees, overtaking Afghanistan, which had held this position for more than three decades.” Today, on average, almost one out of every four refugees is Syrian, with 95 per cent located in surrounding countries.

UNHCR, the key UN agency responding to the refugee crisis, has been challenged by the scope of the need. It is unable to meet the demand for resources in Syria such as food, clean water, health care and education. Refugees are now seeking to leave the region for safer and more stable nations. Traveling via Turkey and the Balkan countries, many refugees are trying to reach Germany, England and other Western European nations. The spotlight and onus has shifted to predominantly Western European countries to respond to this challenge.

Just five countries have taken in 95% of Syrian refugees: 2.9 million in Turkey; 1 million in Lebanon; 659,000 in Jordan; 236,000 in Iraq; and 122,000 in Egypt. In Western Europe, German and Sweden have received the most requests for asylum. US Newshas a comprehensive list of nation by nation responses.

The UN reports that the U.S. is the largest donor to its refugee aid program. The United States has given the largest share of humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugee crisis, contributing more than $6.5 billion since the beginning of the crisis.

The Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has resettled over 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015. The government has partnered with private sponsors, such as churches, synagogues and individuals, to account for a significant portion of the sponsors.

• HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

• International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

• UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency: The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

IsraAid: For over a decade, IsraAID has been helping people all over the world overcome extreme crises and has provided millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction, and eventually, to sustainable living.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.