File - Tents set-up for Syrian refugees are seen in al-Marj, in the Bekaa Valley, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon will set a limit on the number of Syrian refugees allowed to enter the country and establish formal camps for a displaced population that is fast approaching 1.5 million, according to the economy minister.Alain Hakim made the comments Thursday after a ministerial committee comprising senior members of the Cabinet concluded a meeting at the Grand Serail on the issue of Syrian refugees. It was announced last week that Lebanon and the United Nations were considering establishing formal camps for Syrians.It was not clear exactly how the committee was planning to restrict the number of refugees and it is not yet a definite policy.Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk have hinted in the past that Lebanon might impose such restrictions. According to UNHCR, there are just over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon either registered or awaiting registration.
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