Lebanon has voted in favor of two UN resolutions that improve the treatment of refugees and migrants, but the displaced Syrian refugees in the country may not benefit, as they are not classified as refugees or even migrants.
Nearly 90,000 Syrian refugees are reported to have left Lebanon this year but there is little verifiable information on how they are faring. Despite both countries benefitting from these returns, refugees have reported facing difficulties upon their return.
There are increasing reports from Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan of Syrian refugees being forcibly returned to Syria, despite the dangers that await them. In Lebanon the Foreign Minister has given UNHCR two weeks to develop a strategy for the return of refugees to Syria.
A social enterprise of 50 Syrian mothers displaced by war is ready to achieve financial stability with their online launch of handmade products. The women were able to launch their project in coordination with Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) a grassroots NGO in Istanbul.