Syrian refugees

a soldier in front of a prison

Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he plans to establish an 18-mile “safe zone” in northern Syria to counter a US-backed Kurdish group. Erdoğan considers the People’s Protection Units, or the YPG, a threat to the security of his country.

Hadi Jasim was an Iraqi translator for the US military. Now he's a "global guide" at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

This Philadelphia museum hired Iraqi and Syrian refugees as tour guides for its Middle East gallery

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Muhammed Erdogan, the first Syrian turned Turkish citizen to run for parliament in Turkey, in front of his campaign truck.

The ‘Syrian Erdogan’ running in Turkey’s parliamentary elections

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Students in a welcome class for migrants attend a German language lesson at the Sankt Franziskus school in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2016.

There are about 400,000 refugee kids in Germany. Educating them is a ‘national task.’

Children pose near tents inside an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Syrian refugees resort to child labor in Lebanon

Christa Schmidt at the table in her apartment in Traunreut where she tutors refugees in German. Schmidt’s parents were German refugees from Romania.

A small German city finds it’s not easy welcoming hundreds of Syrian refugees


The Bavarian city of Traunreut, population 21,000, is working to integrate 600 refugees. Some locals are helping. Others are rallying against the arrivals. One thing is for sure: It’s a challenging situation for everyone.

Wesam Daas, left, with Carnival revelers in Altenmarkt, Bavaria.

After fleeing Palmyra, this Syrian family is trying to find home in small-town Germany


The Daas family has been without a home since early 2015. After ISIS invaded their hometown of Palmyra, Syria, they escaped to Turkey, then took a boat to Greece and are now trying to rebuild their lives in Bavaria, Germany. It’s one thing to find safety, but they’re discovering it’s much harder to make a home.

A general view shows tents for Syrian refugees at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias, a town in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon, on March 28, 2017.

Lebanon banned all protests after Syrians called for better refugee conditions


Lebanon has the world’s largest per-capita concentration of refugees. When Syrian activists planned a demonstration in Beirut to “defend the rights of Syrians in Lebanon,” the authorities slapped a ban on protesting across the board.

Men dig graves inside a graveyard for Syrian refugees in the village of Taalabaya, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Jan. 10, 2016.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are running out of space to bury their dead


More than 1 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, and about 10,000 die each year. The vast majority of them are Sunni Muslims, whose faith prohibits cremation. In a country about one-third of the size of Belgium, burial space has become a pressing issue. One Syrian is doing his part to help.

Jamal is a Syrian refugee living in Tokyo. He's made friends there and learned Japanese. But he misses Syrian food.

Meet one of the handful of Syrians granted asylum in Japan

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In 2016, Japan received a record number of applications for refugee status. It rejected 99 percent of them.