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Lebanon |


According to its population, Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees worldwide. Apart from 1.1 million Syrians, who fled to Lebanon since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in spring 2011, already for decades hundreds of thousands Palestine refugees live in the little country in the eastern Mediterranean. Lebanon guarantees protection to these refugees, although it did not sign the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. As Lebanon disposes of no specific domestic refugee legislation or administrative regulations, mainly the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) take care of the refugee population. Since the political divide of the state into two rival camps in 2006, the political institutions of Lebanon barely have power to act. Therefore, they are hardly able to respond to the challenges, which Lebanon has to face because of the conflict in the neighboring country Syria.


Lebanon – History and Politics

Lebanon’s history and politics have been shaped by inner-state conflicts, often further stirred by the strategic interests of external actors. Since 2006 the country has been divided into two…

Heiko Wimmen

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Regulations and Policies on Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon is neither a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees nor to its 1967 Protocol. Moreover, it neither has a specific legislation nor administrative articles in place…

Paul Tabar

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Second class refugees: Palestinians in Lebanon

There are over 450,000 Palestinians in Lebanon over half of whom live in camps. The legal status and living conditions for Palestinians are difficult. Some of the 50,000 Palestinians refugees from…

Rebecca Roberts

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