Having limited legal status has direct negative consequences for Syrian refugees’ access to protection and assistance during their stay in Lebanon.
Between 2011 and 2013, the Lebanese population increased by 30% due to the influx of Syrian refugees.
There are no official statistics but there may be more than 40,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon already hosts some 400,000 Palestinians for whom no durable solution is in sight.
The entry of Syrian refugees into Lebanon and Jordan has resulted in unprecedented social and economic challenges to both countries.
Lebanon has had an ambiguous approach to the more than one million Syrians seeking protection in the country since 2011.