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Professor Dawn Chatty quoted in article by The Daily Star (Lebanon) on the construction of camps to shelter Syrian refugees

Benefits of camps for Syrian refugees questionable at best

BEIRUT: Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said they are “becoming inevitable,” President Michel Sleiman has indicated he won’t oppose their construction, and last week, UNHCR’s resident representative said the refugee agency has contingency plans to open them should the mass influx of Syrians continue.

As Lebanon struggles to provide shelter and services for more than 265,000 refugees – and with arrivals continuing at a rate of about 2,000-3,000 per day – the question of whether or not to open formalized refugee camps is a pressing one.


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