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Registration of Syrian refugees decreases by 4,000

BEIRUT |, with agencies - November 11, 2014, 11h17
Syrian refugees in Ersal (Summer 2014) Photo: UNHCR/M.Hofer
Regardless of the recent government ban on Syrian refugees, the number of those registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon decreased by 4,000 in October, according to Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas.
While quoting the Lebanese daily An Nahar, The Daily Star reported that UNHCR reports indicate that the number of refugees began to decrease in Lebanon.

Ninette Kelley, UNHCR Representative in Lebanon, said that the decline in the number of Syrian refugees in the country was due to restrictive border measures that began last month as Derbas announced that Lebanon would no longer accept refugees unless it was urgent.

However, Derbas said in his interview with An Nahar that the decision regarding Syrian refugees' entry into Lebanon was not being ultimately implemented.

This decreased is still to be explaned.

Last spring, several Syrian refugees told us that their names were taken off the UNHCR list, depriving them of necessary aid.

In March, a Syrian refugee, mother of 4, set herself on fire in front of an HCR facility in Tripoli. She said she had not received any help from the UNHCR for several weeks.
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