Derbas Denies Obtaining Report on Naturalization of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas denied on Wednesday reports saying that he obtained a report stating that the U.N.'s refugee agency is planning to naturalize 100,000 Syrian refugee in Lebanon.

Derbas, however, said that Thursday's cabinet session will tackle the "sudden" situation imposed by the refugees crisis.

The minister expressed fear over the “dangerous situation that needs a serious solution.”

“The international community isn't mulling the possibility of the naturalization of the Syrians,” he stressed.

Al-Liwaa quoted the minister on Wednesday saying that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking to naturalize Syrians in Lebanon and to issue passports for those refugees.

“I will discuss the matter during Thursday's cabinet session,” the minister reportedly told the newspaper.

He expressed belief that the government will reject such a plan, hoping that more attention would be given to the matter by the Arab and international communities.

Last week, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil warned of a “veiled attempt to naturalize the refugees" through creating camps inside Lebanese territory.

Hosting more than 1.1 million Syrians fleeing their country's three-year war, Lebanon is home to the highest number of Syrian refugees in the region, and also to the highest refugee population per capita in the world.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned last week that the spiraling crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security.

Reports said that the cabinet is mulling the establishment of camps in buffer zones between the Lebanese border crossing al-Masnaa and Jdeidet Yabous crossing on the Syrian side.



Comments 4
Missing ysurais 09 July 2014, 09:42

Plenty of safe heaven in Syria, let the refugees go back to their country..and yes zzz helll wz UNHCR - their offices must be closed in Lebanon and they should be kicked out.. fr all z problem/s already we have fr palestinians now comes z syrians..

Missing .karim. 09 July 2014, 09:43

I'd like to see them try.

Missing .karim. 09 July 2014, 09:45

Salafist terrorist.

Missing phillipo 09 July 2014, 10:29

They won't want this. It would deprive them of all the advantages they get from many NGO's around the world, not to mention the UN refugee organisations.
They only have to look at what money their like "refugees" who are actually grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of the original refugees receive for over 60 years from UNWRA in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Where else could they get money for nothing.