Syrian refugees enter a bus to cross into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, in the Bekaa Valley, at the end of last month.
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General Security announced Monday it will create centers to register Syrian refugees looking to return to Syria after earlier outlining conditions for returnees who are in violation of residency requirements, including lifetime bans on many refugees returning to Lebanon. General Security published protocols on Aug. 1 for the return of Syrians who had violated residency rules and now wish to return to their homeland. Approximately three-quarters of Syrians living in Lebanon do not have legal residency.According to the directive, Syrians who entered legally before January 2015 – when Lebanon began requiring an entry visa for Syrians – and who pay the required fines for overstaying their residency permits are allowed to leave Lebanon without being forbidden from returning in the future. However, a large percentage of Syrians in Lebanon are not included in this group, as the UNHCR stopped registering Syrians in Lebanon in 2015 at the request of the Lebanese government.The conditions have been widely circulated on social media among Syrians living in Lebanon.
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