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A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugee population.Lebanon's power brokers are fearful of more than just the burdens of Syrian refugees.Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugees number well over a million and are expected to comprise a third of Lebanon's population by the end of the year.At present, refugees are scattered across the country, living wherever they can afford to, including in over 1,200 ad hoc, self-built camps. Either way, there is clearly a new mood shared among Lebanon's power brokers with regard to the refugees. The overall impact of the Syrian war and its "spillover" into Lebanon has been a decline in GDP growth from 7 percent in 2010 to 1 percent in 2014, according to latest International Monetary Fund estimates.It is unclear how many Syrians have been turned away since the June 2 decision, but a new Amnesty International report documents a number of what it calls "shocking" cases among Syrian-Palestinians, including pregnant women fleeing the besieged Yarmouk camp in Damascus being denied refuge at the border, and children in Lebanon being separated from parents who entered Syria briefly to renew identity documents.
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