LEBANON: COVID-19 IMPACT ON SOCIAL TENSIONS
KEY RISKS: The increased tensions between host communities and refugees could decrease social stability and undermine progress made to date under the LCRP. Tensions might arise as some municipalities are raising concerns that refugees are not complying with national and municipal measures. A high disruption in services is expected and health centers may present a flashpoint in inter-communal tensions. The increased stigma towards refugees risk leading to fear of deportation, evictions and violence. Refugees also express a fear of not being able to access transport and/or services in case of an infection. These factors all risk leading to delays in self-reporting and self-isolation. Spreading of rumors, misinformation and fake new risk leading to further tensions. Intra-Lebanese relationships risk further deterioration and polarization with accusations towards authorities due to the absence of firm preventative measures.