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Will new regulations help Palestinian-Syrians in Lebanon?

New regulations could put an end to legal challenges faced by Palestinian-Syrian refugees who have, in some cases, gone to extreme lengths just to get hold of even the most fundamental legal documents.
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LONDON — There they were, the three of them on the Lebanese-Syrian border. Umm Ibrahim (not her real name), her husband dying of cancer and their little boy, Saeed, stateless since the day he was born in Lebanon. The Palestinian family originally from Syria’s Yarmouk camp had been unable to register the birth of Saeed two years after he was born in Lebanon. Their last hope was to take him to Damascus.

“General Security refused to fix the husband's residency and they refused to register his child’s birth,” Umm Ibrahim's sister, Soheir, told Al-Monitor from her new home in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in September. “By then the boy was 2 years old. His father didn’t have residency … so it was impossible.”

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