Who Are They? Two Profiles of Syrian Refugees

Author
Patryk Sasnal
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
Syrians constitute the biggest national group migrating to Europe in 2015, according to Frontex. Of all the social diversity within a single society, two generalised profiles of a Syrian refugee can be inferred from available information: a poorer, rural worker based in camps in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, and a richer, middle-class professional living outside of refugee camps, recently migrating to Europe via the Greece and Western Balkans route. While Europe has so far received the best of the Syrian society, poorer Syrians may also be on the move without an immediate and substantial improvement of educational infrastructure and their legal labour market status in host countries.
Topic
Civil War, Economics, Migration, Poverty, Refugee Issues, Infrastructure
Political Geography
Syria