Syrian refugees filter into main Turkish cities
19 November 2013 Last updated at 11:55 GMT
There are more than two million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries according to the UN.
However, not all of them are living in camps on the borders - some have found their way into the main cities.
The BBC's Lina Sinjab has spent time with Syrian exiles in the Turkish city of Istanbul. They were all professionals back home - and live in hope that better days lie ahead for their country.