Video Duration 25 minutes 30 seconds
From: Inside Story

Lebanon: Restricting entry for Syrians

Those trying to leave Syria wonder where they will go, while those already in Lebanon try to gauge rules’ implications.

Ever since Syria and Lebanon were established as nations, residents have been able to travel freely between the two countries. But on Monday, for the first time, Lebanon implemented restrictions on its border.

Syrian refugees hoping to enter Lebanon now have to show proof of their purpose and length of stay. Those who want to move for work will have to be sponsored by a Lebanese individual or company.

Exceptions will only be made for pressing humanitarian reasons.

The new entry requirements are a response to a mass influx of refugees since the Syrian civil war began.

People fleeing from poverty and oppression have been pouring into countries surrounding Syria, with Lebanon taking in the most refugees.

UNHCR data shows 1.1 million registered refugees living in Lebanon now, which is about 25 percent of the Lebanese population.

These developments have created tension among the communities because of increased job competition and pressure on hospitals and schools.

Now, refugees already in Lebanon are wondering how the new restrictions will affect them. As for those still trying to leave Syria, where will they go now?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


George Ghali – Programme Officer for ALEF, a non-governmental organisation.

Sami Nader – Professor of International Relations and Economics, St Joseph University, and Director, THe Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs.

Khalil Gebara – head of Good Governance Unit, Office of the President of Council of Ministers, Republic of Lebanon.