Tour - Lebanon
With a long history of sectarian conflict, Lebanon’s situation has becoming increasingly more volatile as the Syrian civil war continues. Not only have over a million refugees crossed the 360 kilometre-long Syrian-Lebanon border, but the conflict has also spilled over – from street fighting in Tripoli to bombings in Beruit. While Lebanese officials attempt to maintain a principle of non-intervention in Syrian affairs to avoid a spillover of conflict, Lebanese NGOs have filled the gap, according to Professor Hala Naufal, author of a MPC study on Syrian refugees. Unlike Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, there are no refugee camps in Lebanon. Various factions in Lebanese government have refused to set up camps, worried about the signals it could send to the Syrian government. Instead, about half of the refugees live in rented housing, while the other half are in nomadic camps or hosted by families or local communities. Only in January 2013 did the Lebanese cabinet vote to start registering refugees.