Syria and the Levant

Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, the Levant region has undergone drastic changes with global impact. The devastating ongoing war in Syria is destroying lives and communities across the country. Over ten million Syrians are displaced both within Syria and outside its borders. Syria’s neighbours – Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – are also deeply affected.

Our work

Saferworld has been working in the Levant region since 2014. Together with our partners, we research, analyse and respond to tensions emerging from the crisis – notably among the high levels of incoming Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Listening to both host communities and Syrian refugee arrivals, we gain broader perspectives of migration and the impact it has on peace and stability. Lack of access to social services, employment and underlying local governance issues are exacerbating conflicts.

We raise awareness of people’s concerns in national and global debates shaping migration policies. We bring civil society together to discuss issues that lead to conflict to ensure responses are put in place before issues escalate.

In 2017 we began to focus research on Lebanon – the country with the highest percentage of Syrian refugees relative to its population. While many observers believe it is only a matter of time until Syria’s war destabilises its neighbour, local civil society and communities continue to play an important role building bridges between hosts and arrivals.

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