Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut issued a new report on the conditions of the Palestinian refugees in Syria between 15/3/2011 and 15/4/2015. The 28th publication of the Information Report series was prepared by the Archives and Information Department and is available for free download.
The 103-page book presents in its first part the early stages of the Palestinians’ recourse to Syria, exploring their demographic development, where the number of Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria reached 560,000, with the largest bloc of refugees concentrated in the capital Damascus and its suburb (around 80%).
The book presents the policy of consecutive Syrian governments vis-à-vis Palestinian refugees before the 2011 events. It highlights the legalization process of the Palestinian presence in Syria since the start of their refuge, which would guarantee their basic rights, including the right to work and the freedom of residence and movement. The book displays other procedures to engage refugees in economic, social, political and cultural aspects of the Syrian society. Decrees, decisions and laws specially tailored for Palestinian refugees were issued to enhance their living conditions, treating them like their Syrian counterparts while maintaining their nationality.
The book then displays the 15 Palestinian factions in Syria, which existed at the start of the crisis in March 2011. Hamas and Fatah movements have strong presence, compared to disparate and weak presence of other factions in some areas, like the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and the Democratic and Popular Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP and PFLP). The PFLP-GC enjoys good relations with the Syrian government, especially the security apparatuses.
Table 1: Distribution of Internally Displaced Palestinian Refugees
UNRWA announced that more than 90% of Palestinian refugees in Syria needed urgent aid.
The number of victims, prisoners, and those who are missing highlights the extent of suffering of Palestinian refugees in Syria. As of 16/4/2015, the number amounted to 2,820 documented cases (besides a number of estimated cases), the missing reached 272 while the imprisoned reached 831.
The report then addresses the policy of Syrian government and Syrian opposition factions towards Palestinian refugees. It also talks about refugees who were displaced to neighboring Arab countries and Turkey, and the policies perceived by these countries vis-à-vis the refugees, and their suffering and situation there. It shed light on the death journeys in the Mediterranean and their migration to the West, particularly Europe.
Palestinian refugees in Syria also suffered the failure of international community and its institutions to provide them with security and shelter, thus they became an easy target.
Human rights organizations have accused the international community of the failure to protect Palestinian refugees and they called for providing refugees with security and legal protection and to provide them with aid and relief.
They also expressed strong concern over “catastrophic situation” in al-Yarmouk RC which they said had to pay a heavy price since the breaking out of events in Syria.
The Information Report series was launched by the Information Department of al-Zaytouna Centre in early 2008. It aims at providing periodical, informative, concise and well-documented information set on selected issues of concern on the Arab and Muslim World, specifically the Palestinian issue.
This report is available fully for free download on al-Zaytouna Centre’s Arabic Website. ( Download)
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>> Information Report (28): The Conditions of the Palestinian Refugees in Syria 2011–2015
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Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, 19/8/2015