Refugees from Syria

Published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center, Center for Applied Linguistics


This Refugee Backgrounder provides resettlement communities with basic information about Syrian refugees.

A country profile provides a brief guide to Syria’s history, people, and cultures. The backgrounder then looks at the crisis in Syria and the conditions refugees face in first asylum countries. Finally, it considers some of the strengths and resources resettled refugees may be able to draw on in their new communities and some of the challenges they are likely to face.

The backgrounder is intended primarily for those providing initial support and assistance to the newcomers. Others may also find the backgrounder useful. Those who work in local government—health professionals, social workers, and housing officials, among others—may use it to better understand, and thus better serve, their new clients. Teachers may use the backgrounder to educate students about a people whose plight they may have read about or watched on TV. Readers may also include members of the general public interested in learning about their community’s newest residents.


This Refugee Backgrounder is part of a series produced by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center housed at CAL from 2000-2015. The contents of this publication were developed under an agreement financed by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State, but do not necessarily represent the policy of that agency and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

To browse all the resources from the project, visit the archived Cultural Orientation Resource Center website maintained online by CAL as a service to the field.