Lebanon: Problems with immigrants

Lebanon also has a problem with Muslim "immigration".

President Emile Lahoud was interviewed by Spiegel. Besides showing strong support for Hizballah, the terrorist organization that has taken over the country, he mentions the problems Lebanon has with the Palestinian refugees. (They have been refugees for the past 60 years).

SPIEGEL: The United Nations want to defuse the problem through a massive deployment of international troops in southern Lebanon.

Lahoud: That is an old proposal, which is hardly achievable. As long as the conflict between Lebanon and Israel remains unresolved, no international force will help, however large it may be. The problems smoulder on: the undetermined status of the Schebaa Farms, the Lebanese prisoners in Israel and above all the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

SPIEGEL: Why the Palestinians?

Lahoud: We have today around half a million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, their birth rate is three times higher than the Lebanese. That is a time bomb. It is the basic problem of our country, it led to the outbreak of civil war in 1975 and still remains unsolved today. Everybody today is talking about UN resolution 1559, but nobody mentions resolution 194, which recognizes the Palestinians' right of return (to Israel). Lebanon is small and can't integrate the Palestinians.

Source: Spiegel (English)


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How Lebanon is treating the refugees since 1948 see:

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon live in overcrowded refugee camps, struggling to fulfil basic human needs. They do not have the right to work in dozens of professions or to receive social security. They do not have the right to own or inherit property. To this day, the international community has failed to find an adequate, durable and sustainable solution to their problem and that of the millions of Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. For over 50 years, they have been excluded from the international system for the protection of refugees.

Though the last sentence looks a little surprising whren reading

UNRWA’s General Assembly-approved cash budget for 2006 is US$ 470.9 million

At least double than what other refugees receive through the UNCHR...
There are today about 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the majority of them live in refugee camps run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Some of the Palestinian refugee camps in the south of Lebanon might easily be mistaken for military zones. The camps are isolated from the outside word by fences and are guarded by Lebanese soldiers that control and vet access to and exit from the camps. Once you pass the Lebanese soldiers, another layer of armed soldiers, this time Palestinians, is in place. Many armed political factions compete for control of the camps and factional fighting is a common feature of life in some of the camps.