No formal refugee camps for Syrians in Lebanon

No formal refugee camps for Syrians in Lebanonimage

12 Mar 2015

About one in five people living in Lebanon are refugees from Syria’s civil war – giving Lebanon more refugees per capita than any other country in the world. But this fact is not immediately obvious to the first-time visitor. Unlike the other neighbouring countries to which Syrians have fled – Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq – Lebanon has no formal refugee camps. Although beggars and street children are a common sight in parts of Beirut, it is only when you reach the tent-speckled plains of the Bekaa Valley or drive past muddy roadside encampments in northern Lebanon that the scale of the country’s refugee problem becomes apparent.