The Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011 has generated 5.6 million refugees in the Middle East. In Lebanon alone, over 950,000 Syrian refugees have been registered according to UNHCR. Around 69 percent of Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living below the poverty line.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says many Syrian refugees face obstacles with their documentation and property that the Damascus Government must help resolve. According to UNHCR over 38,000 Syrian refugees have returned in 2018, and forecast that up to 250,000 will return in 2019
The Jordan River Foundation (JRF) in association with the UNHCR have launched the Daleelkom project in Jordan, which offers financial grants to Syrian refugees. The aim of the grants is for the refugees to launch their own micro-enterprises.
A social enterprise of 50 Syrian mothers displaced by war is ready to achieve financial stability with their online launch of handmade products. The women were able to launch their project in coordination with Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) a grassroots NGO in Istanbul.