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Syrian refugees in Lebanon passes one million mark

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/4/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Lebanon absorbs 2,500 Syrian refugees - daily

As Syria's devastating Civil War drags into its fourth year without an end in sight, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has officially passed the one million mark, the United Nations' refugee agency says. Syrian refugees now make up almost a quarter of the country's resident population.

U.N. staff in Lebanon register 2,500 new Syrian refugees every day, the UNHCR said.

U.N. staff in Lebanon register 2,500 new Syrian refugees every day, the UNHCR said.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/4/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Lebanon, Syria, refugees


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For Lebanon, a tiny nation already suffering internal difficulties, "the impact is staggering," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. The influx of a million refugees would be far too many for any country.

Their numbers have made Lebanon the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, the agency said.

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The total number of registered Syrian refugees in all countries is 2.58 million, according to the United Nations. Jordan and Turkey additionally have large populations of Syrian refugees.

The number in Lebanon has now risen into seven figures, from just 18,000 two years ago.

More than 100,000 people, many of them civilians, have been killed in Syria since a popular uprising spiraled into a civil war in 2011, according to U.N figures.

U.N. staff in Lebanon register 2,500 new Syrian refugees every day, the UNHCR said.

The Lebanese foreign minister last month said the crisis was "threatening the existence" of his country.

"The Lebanese people have shown striking generosity, but are struggling to cope," Guterres said.
International aid agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the flow of refugees.
UNHCR has only received 14% of the $6.5 billion funding it has asked for.

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