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By Stephen Dockery & Ghinwa Obeid
The UNHCR is currently helping around 30,000 refugees, but some organizations estimate the total refugee population to now be as high as 90,000 after the latest influx of people. Precise numbers are growing increasingly hard to come by.
People with political affiliations have felt that maybe they could hold out a bit longer, says Daryl Grisgraber from Refugees International, an independent refugee organization.
"I think its important to remember [that] these people are refugees, and the fact they have resources available to them doesn't mean they dont need protection," Grisbrager says.
While expensive restaurants and beaches may temporarily be filling up with Syrian families, refugee experts say that shouldnt distract from their status as an at-risk population.
Many civil conflicts have seen wealthy displaced people reduced to poverty after prolonged violence and continued instability exhausted their resources. Often what begins as a temporary trip turns into an extended or permanent relocation.
"Even for refugees with means, even those who are able to bring resources with them, those resources will at some point run out," she says.
Grisbrager says aid bodies and governments should take responsibility for people who dont have a government to provide them with aid.
"Protection needs affect everyone regardless of the socioeconomic aspect of their status," she says.
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