Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon’s Informality

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In 2011, civil war broke out in Syria, which caused people to flee the country. A large portion of these Syrian refugees ended up in neighbouring country Lebanon. Initially, the Lebanese government was welcoming, but it became more reluctant as the numbers started to increase. The government has also offered very little assistance to the refugees. Instead, Syrian refugees are forced to provide for themselves and rely on humanitarian organisations. This situation has become very problematic both for the refugees and the Lebanese host community. Tensions have been rising, as have concerns about Lebanon’s fragile political stability. Syrian women are particularly vulnerable in this situation. This thesis explores the case of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon by linking it to the concept of informality. Lebanon’s society and political system are highly informal and this has influenced the situation of Syrian women. Informality increases vulnerability and insecurity in the lives of these women. It has become clear that Lebanon needs more assistance in dealing with this situation. If the international community does not realize the gravity of this situation, it could deteriorate rapidly.
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