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Palestinian-Syrian refugees face hardship in Lebanon

About 60,000 Palestinian-Syrians have fled to Lebanon, but many are finding that they cannot work and cannot afford food and housing.
A Palestinian refugee boy from Syria plays with a tyre as another boy walks past tents at Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon October 8, 2013. International donors must do more to help Lebanon absorb a flood of refugees straining its schools and public services, the head of the United Nations children's fund UNICEF said. Picture taken October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX14YGG
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BEIRUT — It's no secret that the longtime Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are suffering from poor economic and social conditions as a result of the decreasing aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and from Lebanese laws that prevent these refugees from working in 73 professions.

This suffering is worsening following the displacement of more than 1 million Syrians to Lebanon, along with about 60,000 Palestinian refugees who lived in Syria and moved to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where they are competing with the original camp residents over the scarce living space and work opportunities available.

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