Spillover Effects of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Labor Market in Lebanon

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Almost 7 years on, how is the Syrian refugee crisis still affecting Syria’s neighboring countries? Lebanon has been a primary destination for people fleeing the conflict and it has become home to almost 1.5 million Syrian refugees, which now constitute almost a quarter of the population of Lebanon. In this episode, I engage Annabella Skof and Bastien Revel, who worked on livelihoods and crisis response for the United Nations, in a discussion about the significant policy dilemmas and noteworthy policy solutions that have come to light during this crisis. In what ways can the crisis response in Lebanon be described as the nexus between humanitarian and development work? What key obstacles to access to work, livelihoods and income for Syrians in Lebanon have been witnessed? In what ways can a crisis such as this be converted into an economic dividend?

 

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