October 2, 2015 by yalibnan
According to a recent report by An-Nahar newspaper Lebanon is now exporting Syrian refugees to foreign countries via Turkey.
A day before the report was published, European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The next big wave of illegal refugees towards Europe may be from Lebanon,”
He described Lebanon as the weak country that is witnessing a tragic situation and said that developments in Lebanon worry him greatly since it is a country of 4 million people while it hosts about 1.5 million refugees most of whom live under tough conditions.
This will not be Lebanon’s first or last time in exporting people, according to MP Nayla Tueni, grand daughter of An Nahar daily founder the late Ghassan Tueni
“Before the Syrian crisis, Lebanon exported many of its young men due to bad living conditions, or because their freedoms were restrained due to the Israeli and Syrian occupations. Before that, the Ottoman occupation contributed to the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese due to hunger, oppression and forced labor. Many drowned in the sea before reaching their desired destination”. Tueni wrote in an article in Al Arabiya .
This is why there are many more Lebanese outside lebanon than in Lebanon. According to media reports there are more than 12 million Lebanese living allover the world .
“Our problem with the Syrians resembles our problem with the Palestinians who came to Lebanon more than 60 years ago. Like the Palestinians they impose a reality we cannot evade, a reality that pressures security, the economy, general services and infrastructure.” She said.