Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon
The Syrian refugee influx is becoming a “time bomb” in Lebanon– politically, socially, and environmentally. The Lebanese government and local and international agencies working in Lebanon are becoming overwhelmed by the Syrian crisis. Intense pressure has been exerted on all sectors of Lebanese society since the crisis began. The refugee situation has the potential of destabilizing the entire country and region.
- Civil war began in Syria in March 2011 and has caused an estimated 200,000 deaths so far - it is arguably the worst human disaster taking place in the world at this time.
- According to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) there currently is an estimated 3 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
- In Lebanon alone, UNHCR estimates there are over 1 million Syrian refugees in need of assistance (registered and otherwise) as of January 2015.
- One in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee.
- The Lebanese government has resisted the formation of refugee camps for the Syrians which would place the burden for care on the Lebanese government.
- There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population, particularly in the health sector.