Syrian refugees wait in line as they arrive to settle their residency status in Sidon, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Syrian refugee teenagers should have improved access to important services such as education thanks to a recent regulation issued recently by General Security. Under the terms of the regulation, any Syrian refugee child who turned 15-18 years old after entering Lebanon and who does not have a passport or national identity card will be granted temporary residency if they present a Syrian individual status record, according to a statement released by General Security.The issue of residency is problematic for most Syrian refugee children. A 2018 Norwegian Refugee Council survey of Syrian children aged 15-18 found that 90 percent lacked legal residency.Khawaja noted that the new regulation should mean easier access to education for refugee children.Equally, many Syrian refugees who are now 19 or older are ineligible to apply for temporary residency, despite having faced the same issues in obtaining residency earlier in life.
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