Time for Change: Rethinking the European Union Refugee Policy in Lebanon


The European Union (EU) has increased its cooperation on the management of the refugee influx with the Lebanese government and has been the leading donor in Lebanon in the context of Syrians’ displacement. In its turn, the Lebanese government has indirectly delegated key responsibilities in refugee protection and assistance to supranational organizations. Despite the fact that this approach has boosted cooperation between the Lebanese government and various international actors, several dilemmas emerged in this regard. The outcomes that were present on the ground showed a deficiency in the externalization policy that has been adopted by the European Union and other international actors.

By: Josiane Matar

Published on January 29, 2020

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