Lebanon leader says country cannot cope with Syrian refugees

Lebanon leader says country cannot cope with Syrian refugees

Lebanon's president said his country "can no longer cope" with the presence of Syrian refugees and appealed to the international community for help to organise their return.

Michel Aoun said the refugees' return to safe areas in Syria will put an end to their suffering and save Lebanon from negative repercussions.

He specified rising unemployment among the Lebanese.

At least one million registered Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, almost 25% of its population.

Many more are believed to live unregistered, straining the country's already fraying infrastructure.

Mr Aoun spoke on Monday as he met diplomats from the Security Council countries, the European Union and the Arab League.

He said Lebanon does not want to force any returns, but appealed to international organisations not to "frighten" those who want to go home.

AP

More on this topic

'Toolkit' launched to help settle refugees in Ireland on World Refugee day'Toolkit' launched to help settle refugees in Ireland on World Refugee day

Irish Examiner View: Silence haters - Refugee numbers up 30%Irish Examiner View: Silence haters - Refugee numbers up 30%

Department to transfer asylum seekers to new centre in Kerry townDepartment to transfer asylum seekers to new centre in Kerry town

Female refugees face dire situation after aid workers flee LesbosFemale refugees face dire situation after aid workers flee Lesbos


More in this Section

Estate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggestsEstate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggests

Woman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central ParkWoman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central Park

Trump criticises US sports teams for considering name changesTrump criticises US sports teams for considering name changes

Canadian police say man accused of crashing gate threatened TrudeauCanadian police say man accused of crashing gate threatened Trudeau


Lifestyle

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to Will.i.am and the other mentorsWill.i.am and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

This week, my wife and I need to get a room, writes Pat FitzpatrickLearner Dad: We have this irrational fear of games consoles, as if buying one automatically makes you a bad parent

More From The Irish Examiner