Important services such as education will now be more easily accessible to undocumented Syrian refugee teenagers, if a regulation issued recently by General Security is effectively implemented.
Under the terms of the regulation, any Syrian refugee child who turned 15-18 years old after entering Lebanon, and who does not have a passport or national identity card, will be granted temporary residency if they present a Syrian individual status record.
“This is a positive and much needed step to ensure that Syrian children in Lebanon can attend school safely and without risking arrest for lack of legal status,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Children should not be forced into legal limbo simply because they didn’t have certain documents when fleeing to Lebanon.”
According to a HRW press release, the step would not apply to refugees who have already turned 19.
A 2018 survey of Syrian children aged 15-18 conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council found that 90 percent of this population lacked legal residency.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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