A new MPC Policy Brief "One million Syrians in Lebanon : a milestone quickly passed" by Cameron Thibos (Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI)

Lebanon received its one-millionth refugee from Syria on April 3rd, an event that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s refugee agency, called a “devastating milestone.”  Unfortunately, markers such as these only show the distance travelled but not how far is left to go. This one was quickly passed and there is still no end in sight.

In the eight weeks following UNHCR's announcement another 90,538 Syrians made their way to Lebanon in order to escape the fighting that rages on in Syria. Lebanon is home to nearly 40% of the 2.84 million Syrians now living in neighbouring countries. Without greater sharing of the human as well as the financial burden by the rich world, Lebanon is at risk of paying the price for its hospitality with severe political and economic destabilisation.