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Lebanon to limit Syrian refugee flow: Machnouk

File - Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Authorities are seeking to reduce the number of refugees coming into the country amid rising concerns that Lebanon has reached a breaking point, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday.

“Our plan aims to limit the entry of more Syrian refugees into Lebanon and to undertake certain procedures to determine refugee status and the country's ability to absorb them and the services that can be offered, because donations often are few and come late,” Machnouk told delegations representing different municipalities.

He said the plan was being coordinated with the European Union.

Machnouk said Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon make up 27 percent of the country's population, while in Jordan they make up 10% percent of the population and in Turkey they make up 4 percent.

 

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