Sunday, 22 September 2019 01:37 GMT

Lebanon FM freezes refugees' residency permits

(MENAFN) Saying it is not encouraging Syrian refugees to return home, Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister has ordered a freeze on the renewal of residency permits for the staff of the United Nations refugee agency.

Gibran Bassil said in a statement from his office Friday that UNHCR is scaring Syrian refugees in Lebanon from returning by asking them about compulsory military service, security conditions and whether they have a place to live.

Lebanon is home to more than a million Syrian refugees, or about a quarter of the country's population.

Bassil's statement came amid reports that some 3,000 Syrians are getting ready to head back home later this month.


Lebanon FM freezes refugees' residency permits

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