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UNRWA: 55% of PRS in Lebanon Do Not Possess Valid Legal Documents

Published : 22-02-2020

UNRWA: 55% of PRS in Lebanon Do Not Possess Valid Legal Documents

UNRWA said more than half of Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon do not have valid legal visas, which has exacerbated their vulnerability and their precarious legal status.

According to the Agency’s monitoring data, around 55 percent of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents.

UNRWA said the lack of a valid legal status, often coupled with outdated civil registration documents, results in severely restricted freedom of movement for some PRS in Lebanon due to fear of arrest, detention and forced deportation.

In 2019, the decision of the General Security Office of the Government of Lebanon to deport Syrians who entered the country illegally after 24 April 2019, coupled with departure orders issued to PRS without valid residency who entered before that date, have also increased the fear of PRS of being deported to Syria.

In order to mitigate vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience, UNRWA said that in 2020 it will continue to provide vital humanitarian assistance to PRS and the most vulnerable Palestinian refugees in hosting communities.

Data collected by AGPS following contacts with popular committees in Lebanon indicates that 125 PRS illegally entered Lebanon; 100 PRS have had their identity documents seized by the General Security Directorate for months; and 75 others have received deportation orders.

The committees said PRS aged between 17 and 18 and who entered Lebanon as minors also face difficulties in renewing their visas.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9748

UNRWA said more than half of Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon do not have valid legal visas, which has exacerbated their vulnerability and their precarious legal status.

According to the Agency’s monitoring data, around 55 percent of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents.

UNRWA said the lack of a valid legal status, often coupled with outdated civil registration documents, results in severely restricted freedom of movement for some PRS in Lebanon due to fear of arrest, detention and forced deportation.

In 2019, the decision of the General Security Office of the Government of Lebanon to deport Syrians who entered the country illegally after 24 April 2019, coupled with departure orders issued to PRS without valid residency who entered before that date, have also increased the fear of PRS of being deported to Syria.

In order to mitigate vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience, UNRWA said that in 2020 it will continue to provide vital humanitarian assistance to PRS and the most vulnerable Palestinian refugees in hosting communities.

Data collected by AGPS following contacts with popular committees in Lebanon indicates that 125 PRS illegally entered Lebanon; 100 PRS have had their identity documents seized by the General Security Directorate for months; and 75 others have received deportation orders.

The committees said PRS aged between 17 and 18 and who entered Lebanon as minors also face difficulties in renewing their visas.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9748