About UNHCR in Syria

What is UNHCR’s role in Syria?

UNHCR’s main purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee due to war and persecution in their country of origin. In Syria, we have offices in Damascus, Qamishli, Aleppo, Homs, Sweida, Tartous and Deir ez-Zor covering all 14 governorates of the country.

UNHCR Syria ensures access to International Protection  procedures by registering asylum-seekers in its database, and determines if they qualify for refugee status. UNHCR provides documents to asylum-seekers and refugees which can  help them obtain a residence permit in Syria.

UNHCR is the only agency that provides such services for asylum-seekers and refugees in Syria.

Who do we Help?

UNHCR Syria helps individuals who do not have the nationality of Syria who have fled their country due to war and persecution and wish to seek International Protection in Syria.

International Protection: the need for international protection (protection offered from a country arises when a person is outside their own country and unable to return home because they would be at risk there due to war and/or persecution, and their country is unable or unwilling to protect them).

  • Asylum-seekers: An asylum-seeker is an individual who is seeking international protection, and whose application is still under consideration. In Syria they are granted with a UNHCR ID card issued by UNHCR.
  • Refugees: A refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. In Syria they are granted a UNHCR ID card issued by UNHCR.
  • Stateless People: Stateless people are people who do not have a nationality. In Syria they may face some difficulties to realise some of their rights as a result.

How to contact UNHCR in Syria?

Click on CONTACT US.

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