Sunday, February 21, 2021

#LEBANON: Foreign Minister Urges Return Of Syrian Refugees

[world politics news] 

Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe has urged the safe return of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon to their homeland, saying their presence in Lebanon is weighing heavily on the country's economy, the National News Agency reported.

"The presence of Syrian refugees is affecting Lebanon's economy and the stability of its society," Wehbe said during his online meeting with a delegation of the French Senate.

The meeting discussed ways to help Lebanon through its deteriorating economic situation.

the international crisis group of the United Nations said in a February 2020 report (PDF opens) that while even a small number of successful repatriations to Syria represents positive news, "conditions are too dangerous for mass organized returns."

The report notes that "from the start of the Syrian war, Lebanon has been a generous host to Syrian refugees, whose numbers are now estimated at 1.5 million, more than a quarter of the overall population."


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