Lebanon: Refugees:Written question - 248053

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Asked on: 26 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lebanon: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Lebanese counterpart on the status of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon since May 2015 when the UN Human Rights Commission suspended registration of those refugees.
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Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 01 May 2019

​​Lebanon's refugee crisis has been raised with the Lebanese Government by the UK Prime Minister, Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; most recently in March by former Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt. Lebanon has shown enormous generosity in hosting an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees. The UK is supporting Lebanon to meet the humanitarian needs of both refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities. We support the UN judgement that conditions in Syria are not yet conducive for return. Syrian authorities bear responsibility for improving conditions for return, including providing verifiable assurances on security, safety, and respect for international law. The UK remains clear that any refugee returns to Syria must take place voluntarily, in safety and dignity, in line with international humanitarian law and when conditions allow.

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