Number of Syrian refugees passes 5 million

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed five million for the first time in Syria’s six-year conflict, data from the UN refugee agency shows.

The number remained about 4.8 million through most of 2016 but has risen since the start of this year.

Data collected by UNHCR and the government of Turkey put the latest total at 5,008,473, of which 488,531 were in camps.


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