Salam meets a UN delegation in London. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon will ask international donors at a summit Thursday for $12 billion over the next five years to cope with what one minister called the "ongoing earthquake" of the Syrian refugee crisis.Representatives of Middle East countries hosting millions of Syrians displaced by nearly five years of conflict are meeting world leaders in London to try to ease immense financial pressures the refugee flood is causing. Lebanon, a country of 4 million people, hosts more than 1 million registered Syrian refugees, according to United Nations figures.The total aid requirement to be presented in London amounts to nearly $9 billion, including a U.N.-coordinated appeal by dozens of aid agencies for $7.73 billion and a $1.23 billion request by regional host governments. The latter is a small portion of the massive economic support sought in the coming years by countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, which host most of the nearly 4.6 million registered Syrian refugees in the region. Speaking to The Daily Star, sources from the delegation said that Lebanon had prepared a blueprint and a program to better present the cause of Lebanon to the conference.Germany has proposed a donor-funded program to create 500,000 short-term jobs for refugees in the region.
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