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The political debate over the future status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is marked by a strong reluctance to discuss the massive changes the country has been undergoing since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.The influx of Syrians – adding to the roughly 450,000 Palestinian refugees already there – means Lebanon now has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world.Under the new regulations, the number of Syrians able to cross legally into Lebanon diminished.In parallel, the number of Syrians already present in Lebanon without a recognized status has increased, either because they entered Lebanon through unofficial crossings or, more frequently, because they entered officially but now lack documentation or financial resources to renew the residency permits. As a result, Syrians in Lebanon for the most part lack both job security and a stable income and are mostly poor – 70 percent of households living below the Lebanese poverty line and roughly 90 percent are in debt.Unsurprisingly, Lebanon's complex historical legacy of hosting Palestinian refugees has generated a general cross-party opposition to considering any option that would allow Syrian refugees to naturalize or acquire a permanent status.
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