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Refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees per capita. There are an estimated 1.5 million #Syrian refugees and about 16,000 refugees of Ethiopian, Iraqi, Sudanese, and other origins, and over 200,000 #Palestinian refugees.

Due to Lebanon’s rapid inflation, today, Syrian refugees endure soaring prices and rents, sometimes forcing them to choose between buying food, essential items, and paying bills. Half of the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon is now vulnerable concerning food. Human Rights Watch spoke with seven refugees, and three of them raised concerns over rising costs to send children to school, rent, and electricity. Most of those interviewed revealed concerns regarding their access to health resources and essential supplies amid these discriminatory restrictions. On the other hand, most Syrian refugees living in Lebanon say that they have no choice but to continue to stay here as it is not safe enough for them to return to their homeland.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are treated as second-class residents, restricted from working in most fields, banned from owning property, forced to live in run-down camps, and prohibited from formal education. They cannot run their businesses, and they cannot acquire Lebanese citizenship. Unlike Lebanese citizens, Palestinians cannot receive free treatment at hospitals. They are also forbidden from most public schools.

Take some time to read up more about the situation of refugees in Lebanon, a country that hosts a significant amount of refugees but does not have the resources to handle the number. This is another reason why, EU should implement better migration pacts, so refugees are relocated with ease and dignity.

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