The number of refugees who have fled Syria for neighboring countries has topped five million people for the first time since the civil war began six years ago, according to the UN’s refugee agency.
Half of Syria’s 22 million population has been uprooted by a conflict that has now lasted longer than the second world war, the figures released by the UNHCR show, with 6.3 million people who are still inside the country’s borders forced from their homes.
The figure of five million refugees “fails to account for the 1.2 million people seeking safety in Europe”, the International Rescue Committee, an aid organization, noted. Nearly 270,000 of these applied for asylum in Germany last year.
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