Access to Legal Stay and Labor for Syrians in Lebanon: Status and Prospects
This report examines Syrian refugees’ access to legal status in Lebanon, i.e. residency, legal documentation, and work permits. Accordingly, the research investigates the legal and policy frameworks governing the livelihood of Syrians in Lebanon by examining the different legislations and regulations governing Syrians’ stay in Lebanon and access to labor opportunities and also examining the published reports and articles written by scholars or active organizations. This report scrutinizes the policy responses that relate to Syrian refugees’ status in Lebanon, focusing on the livelihood sector as implemented by UN actors the international and national NGOs.
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Third Round, Lebanon 2020
By Several of NGOs
Lebanon’s third-cycle UPR takes place amid a massive wave of unprecedented nationwide protests that started on 17 October 2019. These protests are motivated by the direct repercussions of the economic and monetary crisis on the Lebanese population, whose grievances are rooted in economic and social rights violations inherent in a structurally flawed economic and political system of sectarianism and corruption embraced by decades of successive governments since Lebanon’s independence.
Prevalent Discriminatory Policies and Practices Toward Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
By “Refugees=Partners” Project, September 2020
Following their arrival in Lebanon in 2011, Syrian refugees have faced considerable challenges in their pursuit of dignified living and working conditions in Lebanon. A major obstacle for them is the Government of Lebanon’s (GoL) austere and hostile policy of non-integration and nonresettlement towards refugees that has not only repeatedly violated their basic human rights, let alone their rights as protected persons, but made their legal and socio-economic status more precarious.
This paper updates the Refugees=Partner’s 2019 report, “Lebanon’s Discriminatory Policies Towards Syrian Refugees and Its Violation of National and International Law”, and aims to shed light on the latest developments in Lebanon’s discriminatory policies against Syrian refugees and their adherence to, or violation of, national and international law as well as regional agreements.
Lebanon’s discriminatory policies towards Syrian refugees and its violation of national and international law.
By “Refugees=Partners” Project, March 2019
The aim of this paper is to shed light on the rights granted to Syrian refugees under international law, and to compare them to Lebanese law. It also seeks to expose the unlawfulness of the policies implemented and practiced by the Lebanese government and authorities, as well as municipalities, such as the installation of curfews and evictions on a local municipal level, and harsh restrictions on obtaining legal residency, stricter border policies, and forced return on a national level.
It will then conclude that the punitive, discriminatory, and unlawful methods that the Lebanese government, authorities, and municipalities have used to cope with the influx of Syrian refugees could be seen as part of a larger strategy to create an unwelcoming and unbearable environment for Syrian refugees as a means of forcibly returning them to Syria.