Granting refugees access to crucial resources — from shelter and clean water to the Internet — involves a wide variety of complex supply chains.
Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, more than half of the nation’s 22 million residents have either died or fled the country. Of those who managed to escape, most have sought shelter in neighboring countries: Turkey currently hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, followed by Jordan, then Lebanon, where refugees now make up close to 25% of the population. All in all, the Syrian conflict alone has yielded over 13 million refugees in the past six years, and many more who have been displaced from their homes but have been unable to leave the country.
Of course, the refugee crisis does not end at the Syrian border. At the end of 2015, there were more than 60 million refugees worldwide. Over a million of these refugees have arrived in Europe since 2015, most of them by sea. Globally, nearly one in 200 children is a refugee, and more than half of the Syrian refugee population is under the age of 18.
Dealing with this huge displacement of people will take years (perhaps even decades), but in the short-term, there is an immediate need for rapid and efficient delivery of essential goods and services to those affected. Executing on that delivery is no easy task — moving supplies across borders, coordinating international humanitarian efforts, and passing safely through war zones are just a few of the unique challenges faced by those who take part in the global refugee camp supply chain.