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Even without that doubling during the 1910s, Syria's population has still increased 10-fold in less than a century.
As to birth rate, it is declining but it is still above replacement levels:
You are forgetting that with dwindling water reserves and resources (and consequently fading topsoil), the regional populations should already be in a long decline.
So don't expect compassion from math-savvy individuals towards Syrian families with lots of children. The most rational syrian families would voluntarily have 1 child per family - they are the ones perhaps worth saving. Compassion is saved for the chimpanzees and gorillas who are getting extinct and not a single humanitarian sheds a single tear about it lately. It is all about the prolific breeders.