Miqati: Lebanon Needs over Billion Dollars in Aid to Syrian Refugees

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Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati reiterated on Monday Lebanon's plea to the international community to continue supporting the country in harboring Syrian refugees, while demanding that it is in need of more aid that exceeds a billion dollars.

He said that Lebanon needs around 1.850 billion dollars.

He made the announcement during the launch of the sixth report on the Lebanese government's plan to tackle the repercussions of the Syrian crisis at the Grand Serail.

The additional funds would be dedicated to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Palestinian refugees who fled their camps in Syria to Lebanon, the Lebanese residing in Syria who fled the country to Lebanon, and the Lebanese areas that are harboring all of these refugees, explained Miqati.

The funds would be aimed at providing the refugees with sufficient social protection.

They would also be used to meet their most pressing humanitarian needs, he added.

These funds would help offer stability at these communities and build bridges between the displaced and the Lebanese areas that have taken them in, he remarked.

“The Syrian crisis and remains a global issue, but its repercussions have affected Lebanon,” he said.

“The Lebanese government and people have presented aid to the Syrian refugees beyond their means and they are still offering this aid, making Lebanon an example of a state that has fulfilled its humanitarian role towards the displaced,” he stressed.

“We hope that you will continue on backing this example,” he said addressing the audience that included U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly, European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst, Deputy Special Representative for Lebanon and U.N. Resident Coordinator Robert Watkins, and a number of Arab and foreign ambassadors.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Monday that one of five people living in Lebanon are refugees who have fled the conflict in neighboring Syria,

The UNHCR says there are more than 842,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon but the actual figure could be even higher, Lebanese authorities believe.

An additional 52,000 Palestinians who were living in Syria have also taken refuge in Lebanon, the U.N.'s refugee agency said.

The UNHCR figures do not include hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who have been living in Lebanon for decades, most of them in insalubrious camps across the country.

Lebanese authorities have refused to set up official camps for refugees from Syria. Many live in hundreds of unofficial tent settlements across the country, mainly on Lebanon's northern and eastern peripheries.

Comments 12
Thumb benzona 16 December 2013, 15:08

Very good. Mikati is billionaire. Buy your ticket to heaven Mr prime minister unless you wish to meet with our friend skeleton. :-D

Thumb geha 16 December 2013, 16:58

all jokes aside, the Syrian refugees numbers are increasing fast, and if as expected by the UN they become above 2 million by next year, then we have a serious problem, bigger than the Palestinian one.
we can safely say that the majority of these refugees hate hizbushaitan and their cronies.
does that ring a bell for the near future?

Missing rami 16 December 2013, 15:28

With a fortune estimated at 3.4 billion dollars, and ranked no. 27 in the Richest Arabs for 2013, there is no harm in contributing yourself too Mr. Mikati.

Default-user-icon Limando Zograves (Guest) 16 December 2013, 15:39

The corrupt ones ask for one billion. They get 500 million. They pocket 450 million. They leave 50 million for 1.5 million human beings, which means 33 dollars per person. alla yel3an heik ahl al Sanni yalleh wassaloukon la hon

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 15:42

Skeleton reserved you a VVIP spot. He is dying to meet you.

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 16:27


Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 15:56

Its because the money is going to Swiss bank accounts. Not the refugees.

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 16:30

I'll say it in Arabic. "Lebnan zgier bas albo kbeir".

Thumb cedre 16 December 2013, 20:45

send the bill to GCC, arab league, ect...
Allow camps to be built as well.

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 21:32

More camps ya cedre? Didn't we learn from the first time?

Thumb -phoenix1 16 December 2013, 20:56

A billionaire asking for billions, then if at all they come, it will be split between the big boys, M8 and M14, that simple. The Syrian refugees will get more miserable and we their Lebanese hosts, even more so.

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 21:34

Some of it will trickle to them. Most of it will be pocketed.