Government restrictions in Lebanon keep Syrian refugees out of work

The unemployment rate in Lebanon was already high before thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria arrived in the country.

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Lebanon hosts over a million registered Syrian refugees, about one in five people in the country.

Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are struggling to find jobs as the government does not provide them with work permits unless someone sponsors them.

But finding a sponsor is as hard as finding a job. Unemployment was already high before more than a million Syrians fled to the country.

TRT World’s Abir Ahmar reports from Beirut.