There’s a Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon too
In the last five years, Lebanon has taken in more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees—almost 25 per cent of its population. Added to that are the Palestinian refugees who have been in Lebanon for more than 40 years and the Iraqi refugees who have been there for about a decade, meaning that nearly 40 per cent of Lebanon's population is made up of refugees.
Syrian refugees, pictured Sept. 2, 2015, arriving in Greece. The international community must continue to send emergency humanitarian aid to address this crisis. The ultimate goal is to resolve the Syrian conflict. However, in the absence of a short-term solution to the war, it is imperative that we focus on identifying solutions to prevent Lebanon from erupting under this pressure. Both Lebanese citizens and refugees should be involved in identifying solutions that do not exacerbate the existing tensions in Lebanon, writes Jean Lebel. The Hill Times photograph by Fernando Del Berro