Lebanon Impasse

The ongoing violence in Syria continues to force people to flood across the country's borders. For Lebanon, a small nation beset by internal difficulties, the impact is staggering. Lebanon is the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees. But Syrian refugees have become less welcome in Lebanon, as a new entry rules take effect. Lebanon has introduced unprecedented entry restrictions for Syrians imposing visa-like requirements in an apparent effort to curb inflows of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war in massive numbers.  

Syrian refugees in Lebanon have now lived for years in a state of vulnerability, facing a lack of shelter in a country that has banned refugee camps. They sleep on the floor on cheap sponge mattresses and there is no running water or sanitation at the most of the informal settlement for Syrian refugees. Lebanon is reluctance to allow the construction of big official camps as in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Meantime, unregistered refugees live under the constant threat of imprisonment or intimidation. Without legal status, they risk detention and abuse at checkpoints any time they travel, cutting many off from work. Most of the Syrians are living in a state of Limbo. Life for Syrian refugees in Lebanon is becoming more and more desperate. 

They watch as what they thought would be a temporary stay in Lebanon becomes a more permanent life.