Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Double Tragedy of Refugees and Impacted Host Communities

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Double Tragedy of Refugees and Impacted Host Communities

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Double Tragedy of Refugees and Impacted Host Communities. By Robert G. Rabil. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. 127 pp. $75.

Rabil's brief book discusses the inundation of refugees from Syria into Lebanon and their impact on the host country's demography, stability, security, and infrastructure. His well-researched book considers the long-term implications for Lebanon of close to two million Syrian and Palestinian refugees who constitute about one-third of the country's population and who jeopardize its survival as a state.

With the goal of painting "a clear picture of the unfolding double tragedy taking shape in Lebanon," Rabil focuses on the consequences for a country that has still not yet recovered from the trauma of a protracted civil war (1976-90) and extensive foreign meddling. The new Syrian refugees also add to the burden of the unresolved 70-year-old Palestinian refugee question.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon provides excellent statistics about the pace of Syrian refugee arrival in Lebanon, their geographical distribution, and living conditions. …

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