Syrian Refugees Face New Challenges

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Lebanon is imposing unprecedented limits on immigration from Syria this week. Since the conflict began in Syria almost four years ago, more than a million refugees have poured into Lebanon, but now that country seems to be rolling up the welcome mat, requiring new entrees to have valid passports and meet other criteria.

Meanwhile, Turkey, another major destination for Syrians, is doing the opposite — finally granting refugee status to Syrians living there. But ongoing violence continues to drive the refugee crisis, and the humanitarian problems continue to mount.

Brian Hansford of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) discusses the challenges facing Syrian refugees with Here & Now's Lisa Mullins.


This segment aired on January 6, 2015.


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