The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest in number of those displaced and logistical scope in the history of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With over one million registered refugees and an untold number unregistered, Lebanon is host to the largest number of Syrians, Palestine refugees from Syria, and Lebanese citizens displaced from Syria. Lebanon is not a party of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and proclaims that it is neither an asylum nor a welfare state. Such constraints, combined with Lebanon's social and political insecurity and proximity to ongoing violence in Syria, pose significant challenges to the life and liberty of refugees and Lebanese citizens alike. The author researched as a part of the UNHCR Inter-Agency Coordination Unit to study the perspectives of refugees, the host community, and the humanitarian aid community on the structure and results of the Syrian refugee response thus far. The results of the research will demonstrate that the humanitarian aid community and host state will better serve vulnerable refugee and local populations by adapting the resources of crisis programs to an integrated response that benefits both groups. A successful aid program would provide incentive and capacitate Lebanon to act in accordance with international legal obligations to refugees and asylum-seekers.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations|
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