Don’t Force Refugees to Live in Poverty

Target: Michel Aoun, President of Lebanon

Goal: End discriminatory regulations and policies that punish Syrian refugees and force them to live below the poverty line.

Since the civil war in Syria, Lebanon has taken in 1.5 million refugees, 70 percent of which live below the poverty line and earn less than $3.84 per day. In addition, 70 percent of child refugees are working in dangerous conditions to support their families just to keep them from being homeless.

The government of Lebanon’s regulations are partly to blame for this maltreatment. Policies prevent refugees from obtaining legal residency status or even from registering in the country. Children cannot attend schools and adults can only work in the agriculture, construction, or cleaning industries.

Refugees have done nothing wrong but flee violence brought upon them by the very government which was supposed to protect them. They should not be punished. They should be welcomed and helped so that their presence is not a burden on Lebanon, but an asset. Sign the petition and demand that regulations be dropped and new protective policies be adopted.


Dear President Aoun,

Nearly 70 percent of the 1.5 million refugees in your nation, who are fleeing death and destruction in their home country, live in extreme poverty. Laws prevent them from working, from owning their own homes, and from going to school.

The government should protect these refugees, who have already suffered enough to no fault of their own. If they can be lifted out of poverty, they’ll become an asset to society, not a burden. I demand that discriminatory regulations be eliminated and protective policies for refugees be adopted.


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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    this is not acceptable!

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