On 22nd July, the UNCHR Lebanese Office released a new statement about Syrian refugees as a response to the increasing public debate on their permanence in Lebanon. Ms Najat Rochdi, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon says:
"Amid Lebanon’s unprecedented economic meltdown and significant increases in poverty levels and humanitarian needs, the United Nations (UN) and its partners remain committed to supporting the most vulnerable populations based on needs regardless of their nationality, disability, religion, gender, sexuality, or place of origin."
Unfortunately, the Lebanese situation reminds us how refugees' settlement and integration might encounter great difficulties in those contexts where pre-existing fragile socio-economic conditions affect also the local population.
At this link the full statement: