UN: Syrian refugees to top 5 million by 2015

Millions more refugees are expected to flee war-ravaged Syria in the next year, adding to an exodus that has already overwhelmed Middle Eastern and North African countries, as well as the United Nations’ humanitarian response team.
The United Nations expects another two million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country, according to a U.N. document obtained by Reuters on Monday.
More than two million have already left the country since fighting between rebels and the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad broke out in March of 2011. The flood of refugees has caused headaches for countries that in theory want to extend a welcoming hand to Syrians , but say they are overwhelmed with the effects of so many new people living in their towns and cities, and are also worried that radicals are among those coming in.

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Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

UN: Syrian refugees to top 5 million by 2015

Millions more refugees are expected to flee war-ravaged Syria in the next year, adding to an exodus that has already overwhelmed Middle Eastern and North African countries, as well as the United Nations’ humanitarian response team.

The United Nations expects another two million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country, according to a U.N. document obtained by Reuters on Monday.

More than two million have already left the country since fighting between rebels and the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad broke out in March of 2011. The flood of refugees has caused headaches for countries that in theory want to extend a welcoming hand to Syrians , but say they are overwhelmed with the effects of so many new people living in their towns and cities, and are also worried that radicals are among those coming in.

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Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images