The startling thing about these figures, however, is not the number of refugees -- it’s the pace they’re coming in. In December, the U.N. predicted 1 million refugees would enter by June, but was quickly forced to reevaluate that timeline. Now the agency estimates there will be 1.1 million refugees by March.
More than a third of registered refugees left Syria since January alone:
“This is the fastest-deteriorating humanitarian crisis on the planet . . . and it is deteriorating at a much, much faster pace than we had planned for,” Panos Moumtzis, the regional coordinator for the UNHCR, told the Post in January. “It’s dramatic, it’s explosive, and it’s dangerous.”
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