Some of the findings are as follows:
52% believe Syrian refugees pose a threat to national security. This number rises to 80% in responders from North Lebanon.
71% of responders believe sectarian clashes will erupt soon. The number is high among Sunnis and low among Shiites, expressing the ongoing divide in the country (and strengthening the study, perhaps?)
67% of Lebanese believe the conflict in Syria will drive Lebanon to a new civil war.
82% of Lebanese find Syrian refugees are taking away their jobs. 75% believe they are the cause of decreasing wages across the country.
50% believe the Syrian refugees are receiving too much money. This number rises to 74% in the North.
61% of Lebanese are not comfortable having Syrian neighbors. This number is higher among young people and among Christians as well.
A lot of the information revealed in the study is old news to most of us who are living among the people who fall into those many percentages. But are all the woes invalid?
A recent lecture I attended at medical school with Doctors Without Borders revealed to us that the situation of the Lebanese citizens in Bab el Tebbane, Jabal Mohsen and Akkar is far, far worse than the worst conditions they’ve seen with the Syrian refugees. This prompted me to ask the head of the MSF envoy to Lebanon about what was expected of Lebanon regarding the Syrian refugees given the state of many of its citizens?
He couldn’t answer.