Following the 1948 Nabka, Palestinian refugees from the northern parts of Palestine, namely Safad, Haifa and Jaffa, fled to the Syria Arab Republic. Palestinian refugees who fled because of the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights in 1978 also moved to Syria. As of now, according to UNRWA, there are more than 48,000 officially registered Palestinian refugees who live in refugee camps, both official and nonofficial, across Syria.
However, because of the bloody civil war in Syria and the violence which has engulfed the country, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled Syria to neighboring countries, mainly Lebanon and Jordan. Of these refugees, a huge number are Palestinian refugees who number in the thousands (though there are no official data).