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In South Lebanon, Sama and her husband saw only one way to get residency permits so they could register their marriage: Sama's husband traveled back to Syria, temporarily, to try and get the ID he needed to apply for legal residency in Lebanon. He was arrested there and has not been heard from since.Aysha, Mariam, and Sama's* experiences are similar to those of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria living in Lebanon. Lebanon has been extremely generous in accommodating so many Syrian refugees and has recently made some changes to the residency requirements to address administrative challenges, but unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of young people are still stuck, and are "illegal" simply because they turned 15 years old.When children of Syrian refugees turn 15 years old in Lebanon, they must apply for an individual residency permit.This means that refugee children who turn 15 in Lebanon are stuck in a bureaucratic vacuum, with no way of getting the documents required to make their stay in Lebanon legal.
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