In addition to the humanitarian catastrophe, the Syria civil war continues to take a serious toll on the country’s economy. The Syrian people, who have survived the ongoing bloodshed, are faced with homelessness, as about 31 percent of housing units have been either damaged or destroyed. It is estimated that the economic loss due to the civil war to the housing sector is somewhere between 22.8 and 28 billion U.S. dollars. As a consequence, the Syrian civil war has resulted in one of the largest refugee crisis of our time. More than 6 million people have been internally displaced, and more have been forced to flee the war-torn country.
In hope for better future prospects, many Syrians migrate to Europe, facing life threatening danger on their way. The neighboring country, Turkey, was hosting the majority of Syrian refugees in 2016; however, for many of them, it is only a temporary shelter, en-route to other destinations. The majority of Syrians wish to reach Germany due to its ‘welcoming culture’ toward refugees and liberal asylum policy. In 2016, about 100,527 Syrians were seeking asylum in Germany, making it the country with the highest number of Syrian asylum seekers worldwide.