Refugees protest outside UNHCR in Beirut, Friday, March 31, 2017. (The Daily Star/Federica Marsi)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Despite General Security announcing visa fee waivers for Syrian refugees last month, a number of setbacks have slowed the full implementation of the policy. Over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are no longer required to pay a $200 renewal fee to maintain residency in the country, according to the Feb. 10 General Security directive. However, confusion on the correct application procedures and repeated pauses in the registration process have prevented many from obtaining the six-month residency permit for free. Syrian nationals who did not register with the UNHCR prior to 2015, when the government instructed the U.N. agency to halt registration, and those who renewed their residency permits through a Lebanese sponsor remain excluded.Ghanem noted that when the pause was lifted early this week General Security was limiting the number of Syrian refugees allowed on the premises at any given time but no other significant changes were made.Ezzeddine Abdel-Aziz, a Syrian refugee from Homs, visited the UNHCR's office with his wife and three children Friday to inquire about his situation.
Crisis ahead for creaking water sector
Lebanese enthusiasts ‘mining’ a crypto future
Gender equality not a side project: Abirafeh on her work
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE