UN not pursuing "local integration" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-05-20 08:01:00

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The UN has not been pursuing local integration as a solution for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, said the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman.

At UN Headquarters, Ban’s spokesman Stephan Dujarric told reporters that Ban is mindful of the fact that if and how to provide citizenship to non-nationals is in all states subject to national policies and laws.

"The report, which was prepared for the 19 September high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, makes no mention of any specific country and seeks primarily to promote more collective action and better responsibility sharing by Member States to address large movements of refugees and migrants," Dujarric added, Kuna reported.

"The report does not advocate, in any specific cases, for naturalization or granting of citizenship for refugees," he said.

Dujarric told reporters that the relevant wording of the report reads "In situations in which conditions are not conducive to return, refugees require a status in receiving States to allow them to re-establish their lives and plan for their future.

Receiving states should provide a legal status and examine where, when and how to afford the opportunity to refugees to become naturalized citizens," Dujarric added.

Moreover, Dujarric said that the UN will support their return to Syria and their reintegration in their country of origin.

In the meantime, the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) is securing resettlement options for the most vulnerable refugees outside Lebanon and working on other pathways to allow Syrian refugees to go to third countries, Arab News reported.