File - Syrian refugees cross into Lebanon through the Masnaa border crossing, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Aid organizations have expressed concern over General Security's new residency renewal measures for Syrian nationals, especially a provision requiring registered refugees to pledge not to work.Notably, it draws a distinction between Syrian nationals registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and those outside its purview.Refugees seeking to renew their residencies for this year must provide the General Security with a written pledge not to work, a fee of $200, a copy of their UNHCR registration document, a housing pledge, which typically requires a notarized declaration from a mukhtar who may charge for the service and valid ID. The pledge helps to distinguish refugees from Syrian migrants, who have worked as laborers in Lebanon for decades, the source said.Refugees are finding the renewal process tiring.The new measures are in line with government policy toward Syrian refugees since October 2014, when Prime Minister Tammam Salam's Cabinet issued a document formally articulating its policy intentions toward refugees, namely, to reduce their numbers, ensure the country's security and stability and decrease the burden of refugees on Lebanon.
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