Position Statement on Policy Paper for the Return of Displaced Persons
On July 14, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers in Lebanon approved the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA)’s Policy Paper for the Return of Displaced Persons to Syria. The paper’s proposals are based on the premise that the immediate return of displaced Syrians will provide relief to the already deteriorating Lebanese economy, and that displaced persons are a threat to Lebanon’s principle of non-settlement. The paper also adds that the expedited return of displaced Syrians or resettlement in a third country is the only viable solution to remedy their alleged detrimental impact on Lebanon, rejecting their integration in any way shape or form.
R=P is also concerned with MoSA’s reasoning behind promoting the return of Syrian refugees. MoSA’s rationale is based on their assertion that Syrian refugees are aggravating Lebanon’s crumbling economy, despite objective economic studies that have demonstrated the opposite. Taking into account the sizeable humanitarian financial aid that Lebanon receives on an annual basis, the labor they perform, the rent they pay, and their consumption of goods and services, the presence of Syrian refugees have, in fact, contributed to the development of the economy.
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