Lebanon: ‘I want a safe place’: Refugee women from Syria uprooted and unprotected in Lebanon
The failure of the international community to provide adequate funding has forced the UN to reduce the support it provides to refugees in Lebanon leaving them living significantly below the Lebanese poverty line. Resettlement states have also offered grossly insufficient resettlement pledges. In addition, the government has introduced unjustifiable criteria and high costs for refugees to renew their residence permits which means that far fewer refugees have a valid permit. This report documents how this combination of pressures has led to a situation where refugee women in Lebanon are at risk of violence, harassment and exploitation and have little or no protection or access to justice.