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New LSE report on Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon

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A new report from LSE shows the deep impact the displacement of Syrian refugees has had on Lebanon and makes a series of recommendations to help resolve the crisis.

The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, state fragility and social resilience, by Dr Filippo Dionigi of the Middle East Centre, details the Lebanese government’s record since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 and sets out ways in which the different stakeholders can work together to stem the crisis and plan for Lebanon’s future.

The report finds that the war has led to an unprecedented 4.7 million Syrian’s being forcibly displaced, with Lebanon, a small country of around four million people, the destination for 1.2 million of the refugees.

Despite grave warnings five years ago about the possible impact the crisis would have on Lebanon, most security incidents have been relatively limited. Reflecting at this juncture from the domestic, political, humanitarian, and international perspectives, the report offers possible courses of action to bring greater protection for refugees and support development in their host country.

At the domestic level, the report proposes range of measures including a clear legal framework which protects refugee’s rights and guarantees them greater support. At the international level, it proposes increased foreign aid, developmental projects and co-ordinated humanitarian action, alongside the revision of visa and migration regulations for more efficient resettlement operations.

Dr Filippo Dionigi said: “The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian emergency the world is currently facing. In addition to the situation within Syria, the refugee crisis in its neighbouring countries is an unprecedented challenge with long-term social, political, and demographic implications.

“Sharing the burden of the refugee crisis globally by providing aid and participating to resettlement programmes is the only effective way to address this emergency responsibly. Failing to do so will further exacerbate instability in the Middle East and question the moral credibility of liberal democracies.”

The full report of The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, state fragility and social resilience is available to download here: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/65565/ 

Dr Filippo Dionigi is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, researching the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Arab statehood from a comparative perspective.

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Published 7 March 2016