War has left Syria ‘on brink of economic collapse’


The Independent

Syria is heading towards economic collapse after four years of war, a report by a leading British think-tank says.

In a report published today, Chatham House says that the Syrian economy has retracted by over 50 per cent in real terms, the Syrian pound has lost 80 per cent of its value and inflation has averaged 51 per cent.

Outward migration and an estimated 250,000 deaths have caused Syria’s population to fall by more than 15 per cent, from 21 million to 17.5 million….

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