Traffic was slow at the Masnaa border crossing between Lebanon and Syria after the new measures went into effect. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Majid's residency papers will expire in 10 days, and the coffee shop worker says he doesn't know how new controversial entry measures for Syrian nationals, which went into effect Monday, will affect his ability to renew.Under the new measures, Majid will have to find a Lebanese sponsor to remain in the country.The measures require Syrians to obtain one of six types of entry permits – tourist, business, student, transit, short stay or medical – and has evoked mixed reactions among officials and aid organizations, and much confusion among Syrians whom it affects directly.Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, another advocate of the new measures, explained in comments made Monday how entry would be granted under the new regulations.Derbas said new regulations requiring sponsorship for Syrian workers would curb the number of professional Syrians practicing in posts restricted for Lebanese.The new measures seek to organize the presence of Syrians in Lebanon and hold Lebanese citizens responsible for every Syrian worker in the country.Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt criticized the new regulations as understudied and premature.
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