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Lebanon asks refugees to settle residency status

Syrian refugee children play in the Western Bekaa village of Jub Jennin, Friday, March 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: General Security announced Wednesday that Palestinian and Syrian refugees have a one-month grace period to settle their residency status within the country.

In a statement, the security agency asked refugees “and those who are in violation of residency regulations, to go to General Security offices to settle their status during a period of one month, starting May 22.”

The statement came days after authorities enforced new regulations to organize the overwhelming presence of refugees in the country.

Among the measures, Palestinian refugees from Syria must now possess an entry permit approved by the General Directorate of General Security, a residency of one to three years, or a Lebanese exit and return permit. Those who want to travel abroad through Beirut's airport may do so provided they have the necessary travel documents or permits.

Further, a new rule states that Palestinians who have bought a nine-month residency, which costs LL300,000, will be given a three-month extension to make it last for a year.

Lebanese officials have also said that new regulations, which remain under study by the Cabinet, would also restrict the entry of Syrians to those who are in genuine need of refuge, arguing that many enter under a refugee status in order to benefit from international aid.





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