500,000 Syrians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries

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The number of Syrians who have fled into neighbouring countries has now surpassed the half a million mark, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

The agency says 510,000 Syrians are registered or are in the process of being registered in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and North Africa.

UNHCR however says less than half of the registered refugees actually live in refugee camps, with the majority living in rental housing or with host families.

Syrian refugees are currently hosted in 14 camps in Turkey, three in Iraq and three in Jordan.

Lebanon and Egypt have no camps and the refugees live in both urban and rural communities.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says at least 3,000 Syrian refugees are being registered daily across the borders.

"Jordan estimates that it has some 100,000 people in the country who are not yet registered. Turkey estimates there are 70,000 outside camps and Egypt is estimating a similar number 70,000 Syrians in their country not yet registered. Lebanon tens of thousands. We are noting even more arrivals elderly people, children with under the age of 18, including 22 new born infants during the night of the 9th of December. We are noting there is this trend of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. These are, of course, the kids who need most help."

UNHCR says it still requires more funding to cater for the needs of the refugees especially during the harsh winter months.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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