Refugees have an obligation to stay in contact: Kelley (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese borders are still open to refugees, albeit in reduced numbers, UNHCR country representative Ninette Kelley said, and cooperation between the agency and the government over entry and exit is ongoing. In an interview with The Daily Star, Kelley clarified the UNHCR's position on several points related to Lebanon's changing policies toward Syrian refugees and hinted at the agency's planning for next year. Since June, Kelley said 68,000 Syrians had their refugee status removed. That number includes Syrians who failed to keep in touch with the agency by not showing up to pick up aid, or who were deemed not to be in need of protection any longer, after a routine interview conducted annually prior to renewing refugee documents.
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