Seventeen countries, including Hungary open their borders to Syrian refugees of civil war said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday.
In the near future these countries can provide temporary shelter for more than 10 thousand refugees said Guterres at a press conference organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), after a meeting of the Executive Committee of 87 members.
The host countries are: Australia, Austria, Denmark, United States, Finland, France, Netherlands, Canada, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and New Zealand.
The High Commissioner remarked that Mexico was the first time taking part in such a program, other states on the list however, has traditionally been host countries in the past.
High - level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria and its consequences was held in Geneva; the participants called on the international community to alleviate the burden that rests on the neighboring countries of Syria.
About 97 percent of the refugees of Syria found shelter in the neighboring countries -- in Egypt 110 thousand, in Iraq 168 thousand, in Jordan 515 thousand, in Lebanon 716 thousand, in Turkey 460 thousand Syrian refugees have been living temporarily.
UNHCR 's Executive Committee agreed that more financial support should be allocated to the states that accepting refugees; the international community should find ways to repatriate the refugees, and to help family reunification.
The Geneva meeting has been attended by the representatives of one hundred thirty- five countries, seven intergovernmental organizations, the World Bank, nine agencies of the United Nations and twenty-nine international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The United Nations recently called the Syrian refugee crisis the disaster of the century. The two and a half year long civil war resulted a total of more than two million Syrian refugees abroad. Inside the country 4,25 million people had to leave their homes because of the fighting.
(MTI - alfahir.hu - hungarianambiance.com)