Syrians to make up soon one-fourth of Lebanon


syrian refugees lebanonBy: MICHAEL KELLEY

More than one million Syrians — including 520,000 children — are now living in neighboring Lebanon as a result of civil war. And the UN is still registering one person each minute.

Nine million people out of a population of 27 million have been displaced by the war, which has killed at least 150,000 people, and Lebanon has bore the brunt of the 2.5 million who fled the country.

“The influx of a million refugees would be massive in any country. For Lebanon, a small nation beset by internal difficulties, the impact is staggering,” United Nations high commissioner António Guterres said in a statement recently. Lebanon’s population is about 4.4 million.

This deluge of humanity has overwhelmed Lebanon’s schools and public services, strained its economy, and stoked the sectarian and political tensions that continue to fuel the war in Syria.

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They came from areas that saw heavy fighting, i.e., all over:

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6 responses to “Syrians to make up soon one-fourth of Lebanon”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar

    and the refugees’ total is half the population
    soon they will overtake the Shia, like they overtook the Christians in 75
    and Lebanon will blend with its Arab surrounding as it should

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      The original ‘theory’ about refugees is that they would go back ‘home’ when conflict was over. Or, at the very least, learn to become ‘new citizens’ following the customs of the place and country where they landed. Didn’t work before in Liban. Those ones wouldn’t go ‘home’ unless it had ‘perfect’ conditions laid out for them. They ‘camped’.
      If the Religion does not recognize any particular place as ‘home’, but only ‘where we are is ours’, then it’s probable most will stay to forever change the babbel around Baabda. And yet, isn’t THAT what Assad wanted??
      Considering that much of Syria is rubble, there’s isn’t much to go back to – unless you want a lot of work to do anyway, along with living under the present Kingship.
      One could always push the ‘clothing optional beaches’ line and keep them away from that part. I suppose. ;-)) (and the Saudi Tourist Trade would jump incredibly well) :-)))

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        If you open clothing optional beaches we’ll have permanent refugees from the whole Arab world… And nusra, isil and boko haram will even show up.
        The country is doomed with some 2.5 million refugees and counting. The Shia, like the Christians in the 70s, think they are strong and will stop them on the shore. Haha, good luck

  2. AkhouManUki Avatar

    Looks like we’re going back to being known as Greater Syria. God help us.

    1. Over my dead body – can we get some crazy right wing anti-immigration politicians from America to come put an end to this madness?

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Don’t say “over my dead body” unless you’re ready to die. Because that’s what’s going to happen. Lebanon is over. The whole ME map is over and a new map is being drawn as we speak.

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