Next migrant wave could come from Lebanon, says EU commissioner
Lebanon has become home to more than 1.1 million Syrians living in grim conditions
The European Union’s enlargement commissioner told the German Die Welt daily Saturday that the next wave of migration to Europe could come from Syria’s tiny neighbor, fragile Lebanon.
“Developments in Lebanon unsettle me. The situation there is ... dramatic,” Johannes Hahn told the conservative-leaning daily.
“The next wave of refugees might come from there,” Hahn said.
More than four years into Syria’s war, Lebanon has become home to more than 1.1 million Syrians living in grim conditions -- making Lebanon’s the highest refugee population per capita in the world.
“This country (Lebanon) has always been the most fragile of the region,” Hahn said, noting his concern over its endemic “political instability”.
“It also has a high unemployment rate and exorbitant public debt. It’s a dangerous mix,” he warned.
EU leaders have agreed to boost aid for Syria’s neighbors, including one billion dollars through U.N. agencies, in a bid to mitigate the refugee influx into Europe.
- Syrian refugees in Lebanon face bleak winter after aid cuts
- Lebanon to enroll 100,000 new Syrian students-refugees
- Two dead in truce breach at Lebanon Palestinian camp
- Two killed in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon
- Three killed in Lebanon’s largest refugee camp
- Deadly clashes erupt at Lebanon refugee camp
- Fattah colonel killed in Lebanon’s largest refugee camp
- Much-loved Syrian flower boy mourned in Lebanon
- Make a wish: Cate Blanchett visits Syrian refugee on his birthday
- At least four killed in fire at Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon