EU Resettlement Network

'Refugees from Syria' - a cultural backgrounder for host communities and practitioners

March 15 2015 marked the 4 year anniversary of the Syrian refugee crisis, with more than 3.8 Million Syrians having fled the country, primarily seeking refuge in Syria’s neighbouring countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Egypt. In December 2014, the UNHCR has called on the global community to offer an overall 130.000 resettlement and other admission places for Syrian refugees 2013-2016.  Approximately 84.000 places have so far been pledged, and Europe has so far counted the largest number of arrivals. Seeing that the conflict in its current state makes it unlikely for Syrian refugees to return, it is crucial that these persons receive reception and integration support that will allow them to integrate permanently and to become a full member of society in their host country.

To plan and implement good quality reception and integration programmes, those working with Syrian refugees post-arrival - including both experienced actors and the many new actors for whom these programmes mark a first involvement in receiving and supporting refugees – require up-to-date information on Syrian refugee populations, and opportunities to share experiences, exchange best practices, and pilot new and innovative approaches.

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), a U.S.-based private non-profit organisation working to promote language learning and cultural understanding has produced numerous publications providing key information about various refugee populations, used to prepare host communities and actors involved in the reception and integration process and to provide information on the population’s history, culture, religion, language, education, and resettlement needs through the work of its Cultural Orientation Resource Center.  In the context of the Syrian refugee crisis, the Center has produced a backgrounder on the Syrian refugee population in English aimed at providing valuable information for actors involved in the reception of Syrian refugees resettled to the US. To make this information available to relevant actors in Europe, the European Resettlement Network has initiated translation into 6 European languages including Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Spanish and Swedish, which are available below:

 Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in Dutch

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in English

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in Finnish

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in French

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in German

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in Spanish

 

  Click here to download the CAL publication 'Refugees from Syria' in Swedish