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Uncertain future for Syrians as EU-Lebanon migration deal looms

Increasingly harsh conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon may present new problems for a prospective deal with the European Union.
Syrian refugees walk at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley November 18, 2014. In October, Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world at one in four residents, said it could not cope with more than one million Syrians and has asked for funds to help look after them. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY) - RTR4EK8N

BEIRUT — Many Syrians caught up in increasingly hostile surroundings in Lebanon believe the country is becoming a harder place to live, an existence dictated by expensive residency renewals, curfews and incitement.

“We are being regulated more and more,” Fathy, a Syrian in his 40s originally from Idlib’s Jisr al-Shughur, told Al-Monitor. “I feel like I’m fighting to stay safe.”

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