Refugees from Syria disembark on Greek island of Kos. Photo credit: Reuters
Over 150,000 Palestinian refugees have fled the Syrian territories, where 650,000 Palestinians used to take shelter prior to the outburst of the deadly warfare, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) has reported.
In statistics released on the International Migrants Day, observed by the United Nations on 18 December, to raise awareness about the challenges and difficulties of international migration, AGPS said more than 60% of Palestinians from Syria (PRS) have undergone displacement for at least once all the way through the eight-year conflict.
At the same time, nearly 100,000 PRS reached Europe until the end of 2018. Some 28,000 PRS have, meanwhile, sought refuge in Lebanon, 17,000 in Jordan, 6,000 in Egypt, 8,000 in Turkey, and 4,000 in Greece. Another 1,000 refugees returned to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.
53 PRS also drowned at sea onboard Europe-bound migrant boats, added the human rights monitor.