This report examines both the historical development and current situation of Syrians working in Lebanon through the analysis of policies established and implemented by the Lebanese government. While the report is not an assessment of these policies, it nevertheless reflects on its impact on Syrians’ working conditions and livelihoods. In this vein, this report notably focuses on emerging dynamics of increased informality, exploitation, and dependence.
Socio-Economic Rights Base
This report seeks to provide an overview of Lebanon’s current policy towards Syrian refugees, and to explore the new rules and regulations issued by General Security regarding the entry, residency, and departure of Syrian nationals. It also analyses the challenges pertaining to the current policy and its impact on the daily lives of Syrian refugees, with a special focus on their emerging illegality, their struggle for decent livelihood and working conditions, and increased informality and insecurity.
As eyes were peeled elsewhere in 2012, Lebanon was experiencing significant developments. The most notable of these moments within the Lebanese front were the demonstrations and push-backs by various labour movements against political and economic structures that have dominated the state for so long.
The launching event will include a screening of the animation movie “Dreams for Sale”, a presentation of the study’s findings and recommendations, and interventions by experts on migration issues from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Post-Civil War Context and Donor Intervention
Lebanon has made significant strides in improving education in recent years, but much remains to be done. A signatory of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Lebanon still needs to ensure that education be free, available and accessible for all, and that drop-out rates be cut from their currently very high levels.
In the framework of “Towards a National Dialogue on Corruption in Lebanon”, the United Nations Development Programme and the Lebanese Transparency Association were able to lay down the foundation of anti-corruption modules as translated into the document entitled “Towards a National Anti-Corruption Strategy”. Specifically, this publication provides a useful tool that simplifies the complexities of corruption in Lebanon and outlines the necessary steps to move discussion about reform away from theory towards practical implementation.
This national survey provides a vital statistical database on the demographic and the educational status in Lebanon; the residential fact and the economic activity of the individuals; the health insurance, the migration, the family’s income and the aid received during the war in addition to other indicators. This study aims at recognizing the living conditions of the households in 2007 and the 2006 war’s impact on them.
The fourth National Human Development Report, “Toward a Citizen’s State”, addresses citizenship in Lebanon through three principle perspectives: citizenship and sectarian state, socio-economic citizenship and citizenship and culture and education.