The Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism in the Lebanese caretaker government, Ramzi al-Musharrafiya, warned yesterday about the escalation of tension between the displaced Syrians and the Lebanese host communities, due to competition for job opportunities and access to public services.
In a speech during a dialogue session within the activities of the “Brussels Fifth Conference in Support of the Future of Syria and the Region”, entitled “Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Region”, the Minister Al-Ashrafiya said, through the application of “Zoom”: “Before this reality, we did not stand idly by We have tried to defuse the tensions by applying the principle of taking into account the sensitivity of the conflict, and adopting a “do no harm” approach in Lebanon’s response plan.
He pointed out that “Lebanon has hosted the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world since 2011,” pointing out that “it was supposed to move from the humanitarian response to a sustainable development approach, but this did not happen, due to the successive crises that led to the worsening of the situation, It resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of poverty. ”
He added that “the exacerbation of vulnerability and vulnerability for both Lebanese host communities and displaced Syrians, and a significant increase in needs, could cause additional displacement among the Lebanese and displaced Syrians,” recalling the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warning, in its latest report, that ” Lebanon is among the countries threatened by food insecurity ».
Al-Musharrafieh declared that “since 2011, Lebanon has received about $ 8.807 billion of funding, as part of Lebanon’s plan to respond to the crisis, while the Syrian crisis has cost Lebanon about $ 46 billion,” calling on donors to “increase investment in infrastructure and agriculture projects to achieve development.” Economic and sustainable job opportunities ». It is noteworthy that the number of displaced Syrians in Lebanon is about one million and 500 thousand, and Lebanon demands the return of these displaced people to their country in a safe and dignified way.
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