Lebanese municipalities Close Shops for Syrian refugees

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 30 March, 2017


ElDorar AlShamia:

The Lebanese municipalities have begun to implement the closure of new shops for illegal Syrian refugees after issuing previous warnings, in accordance with a decision issued by the Ministry of Labor restricting the work of the Syrians in three professions only and according to specific conditions.

A UN study reported that 70 percent of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon live below the poverty line, that refugees remain under the influence of what they call external shocks and rely mainly on humanitarian assistance.


Adjustment of Employment

According to the BBC, the Lebanese authorities have justified this measure to "curb illegal labor and protect the Lebanese labor market. The Syrians consider this decision as an additional step to tighten them up in order to make them despair and leave the country."

The Labor Minister asked the governors to close a number of shops owned by Syrian refugees "within the campaign to combat illegal foreign workers to eliminate the illegal competition of Lebanese labor."

A decision by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor recently prevented Syrians from working in most professions in Lebanon, except for the sectors of agriculture, cleaning and construction, where Syrians and Palestinians were allowed to work with Lebanese preference and that non-Lebanese work did not cause competition or harm to Lebanese employers.


The Workers’ Number

The number of Syrian workers in Lebanon is estimated at 7,000 workers according to the number of those who have work permits, while the real numbers reach 700 thousand workers in various occupations, concentrated in building, cleaning and restaurants, in light of the amounts of money compared to the services they do.

According to UN reports, Lebanon is the biggest recipient of Syrian refugees during the conflict, with more than 1.5 million refugees living in difficult economic conditions, prompting the Lebanese government to take measures to curb Syrian asylum.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon has announced that the number of displaced persons has risen to 1, 17,433 refugees who have fled the war of more than five years in their country.