April 10, 2014

Refugee Influx Threatens Lebanon, Jordan

David Schenker, Global Public Square

The Associated Press

The self-immolation of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon last month is a harrowing reminder of the desperate circumstances of those who have fled the war. But the hardship extends beyond just Syrians. Today, Lebanon and Jordan provide sanctuary to one million and some 600,000 Syrian refugees, respectively – about 20 and 10 percent of their respective populations – and the social and economic stresses are taking a heavy toll. Worse, the prospect that many of these refugees might never return home threatens the long-term stability of...

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TAGGED: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Refugees


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