Time & date
The webinar took place on Wednesday May 26, 2021, 16:30-18:00 EEST (Beirut, UTC+3).
It was ten years ago that Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country began seeking refuge in Lebanon as well as Turkey, Jordan, and elsewhere. Now with roughly 1.5 million Syrian refugees, Lebanon is host to the highest per capita population of refugees in the world at 20%. This is an astonishing figure for any country, but especially for a country as otherwise troubled as Lebanon. Many of those Syrians who fled the dangers of civil war have encountered in Lebanon poverty, food insecurity, discrimination, violence, and clear efforts to have them return to an as yet unsafe homeland. These conditions were exacerbated by the Beirut explosion and more recently by the Covid pandemic. Life for the Syrian refugees has been difficult, but their presence in an already fragile country has made things yet more difficult for the Lebanese nationals.
This webinar will look at the living conditions of Syrian refugees in informal settlements and in Lebanon’s towns and cities. The three speakers will offer the results of their in-depth research into how the Lebanese government, humanitarian organizations, and the international community have handled the crisis so far while offering prospects for effective policies beneficial to the situation of refugees and that of the vulnerable communities hosting them. The focus of the webinar will be on future approaches that would improve refugees’ living conditions accompanied by a retrospective on what has been done so far in dealing with their situation.
Metropolis International, established in 1996, is the largest cross-sectoral international network of professionals in the field of migration, integration/inclusion, and diversity. It provides an international platform for constructive dialogue and effective production & dissemination of policy-relevant, socially-meaningful, and evidence-based knowledge across the policy, research, civil society, and private sectors.