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Understanding Lebanon's response to Syrian refugees: Local, regional and historical dimensions

Understanding Lebanon's response to Syrian refugees: Local, regional and historical dimensions

رد لبنان على وجود اللاجئين السوريين: فهم تأثير التاريخ والأبعاد الإقليمية والمحلية 

- Dr. Ali Abdul Kadir Ali (Oxford)

About the lecture:

Lebanon hosts over a million of the 4 million Syrians registered in neighbouring countries. The crisis has overwhelmed response capacities, and highlighted existing infrastructural and political issues, in some cases exacerbated them. Major host states of first asylum have adjusted their institutional and policy framework to different extents and purposes: in some cases, to provide support for Syrian refugees, in others to reduce their presence and encourage return to Syria. Lebanon has adopted a formal policy to reduce the number of Syrian refugees since October 2014, after a long period of inaction and ‘disassociation’ regarding the uprising in Syria and its implications for Lebanon. The presentation will discuss the variations in approaches at the national and local levels towards Syrian refugees. It is based on interviews with national and municipal level government officials, humanitarian agency staff, and community and civil society actors, conducted in late 2016. 

About the speaker:

Ali is working on a research project which compares the responses of different neighbouring host towards Syrian refugees. The research is based on interviews with national and local level officials, and with members of local and international organisations working with displaced Syrians. His previous research has addressed issues pertaining to displacement and other socio-economic implications of conflict in Iraq and Syria.