Up in the mountainous region of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, the climate is extreme between snowy winters and suffocating summer heat. Yet this is the site of one of the country’s refugee camps for displaced Syrians.
Since Lebanon never signed the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of its 1967 protocol, Syrian nationals who fled their country’s conflict, are not classified as ‘refugees.’
There are also social obstacles, particularly among those Syrians who grew up, or were born in Lebanon. According to one UN teacher who spoke to The Cradle, in addition to international aid, there were also social and educational incentives for refugees, which encouraged them to remain in Lebanon. These incentives include the advanced educational system in Lebanon which provide refugees with high educational skills.