The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Challenges through the case of Akkar

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:00am
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Challenges through the case of Akkar

Since its beginning in 2011, Lebanon had to suffer from the various impacts of the neighboring Syrian conflict. One of its most obvious effects was nevertheless the massive influx of the Syrian refugees. This reality put Lebanon on the top of the list of countries with the highest proportion of refugees per capita, with an estimated 1.5 million Syrians. Today and after 8 years, their presence is raising several issues: from healthcare to access to education; from human rights to security; from stress on local infrastructure to the environment; from the relationship with the host communities to the protection of most vulnerable communities; and finally from demographic trends to the position of official Lebanon.

The aim of this presentation is to give a concise overview of this long-lasting humanitarian issue. The content is mostly based on the preliminary findings of a field research organized by Saint-Joseph University’s (USJ) Arab Master of Human Rights (ARMA) team, which took place in January 2019 in Akkar governorate, North Lebanon.