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Lebanon plans to repatriate 15,000 refugees monthly to Syria

There are around 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Wassim Samih Seifeddine   | 04.07.2022
Lebanon plans to repatriate 15,000 refugees monthly to Syria FILE PHOTO ( Furkan Güldemir - Anadolu Agency )

BEIRUT, Lebanon 

Lebanon plans to return 15,000 Syrian refugees every month to Syria, Minister of the Displaced Issam Sharafeddine said on Monday. 

“It’s unacceptable that Syrian refugees don’t return to their country after the end of the war there,” Sharafeddine told a press conference following his meeting with President Michel Aoun in the capital Beirut.

"The Syrian state extends its hand for cooperation on this file,” he added.

The minister said he made proposals to the regional director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ayaki Ito, on the return of refugees, including the formation of a three-way committee with Syria and UNHCR.

He also spoke of a four-way plan with Türkiye, Iraq, and Jordan on the return of the Syrian refugees, without giving further details.

The number of Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon is approximately 1.5 million, about 900,000 of whom are registered at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Most of the refugees suffer from tough living conditions, especially with the exacerbation of the Lebanese economic crisis on one hand and the global economic crisis on the other.   

*Ikram Imane Kouachi in Ankara contributed to this report

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