UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on international community to grant asylum to more Syrians with increasing numbers of people fleeing from Syria . Melissa Fleming UNHCR spokeswoman , said in Geneva Friday , October 18 , that " increasing numbers of Syrians are crossing the Mediterranean because of concerns over security , as well as incidents of physical assault and verbal threats , detention and deportation .
She said, " UN High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ) appeals to countries that have the means , whether in Europe or outside to lend a helping hand not only through funding and other contributions , but also through resettlement in a third country and family reunification".
Fleming added that 6233 Syrian and Palestinian refugees were living in Syria , arrived in Italy on 63 boats since August , compared with 350 Syria who arrived in 2012 as a whole. She pointed to the loss of about 300 people after the sinking of a boat carrying nearly 500 Syrian and Palestinian Syria off the coast of Malta on October 11 , which had sailed from Libya.