UN Predicts 1.1 Million Syrian Refugees by Summer

Already at half a million


The United Nations on Wednesday predicted the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries will double to 1.1 million by June next year if the country's war is not ended.

There are now more than 540,000 registered refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, according to the latest UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report on Syria.

That figure has increased by more than 140,000 in six weeks. "Syrians continue to cross borders to seek safety," OCHA said.