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Palestinians in Lebanon: the Right to Work, Refugee Camps & Emigration
from Indymedia Beirut - 21.07.2005 00:51
In June 2005 Lebanon's Labour Minister
proposed changes to the countries labour laws. If implemented the
changes will grant the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees there the right to work in certain professions, through applying for foreign work permits, for employment in manual and clerical positions. Although still the proposed changes will barring many professionals from working in their fields of expertise including, medicine, law and engineering.
Currently Palestinian refugees in Lebanon do not have the right to work in over 70 professions, while broader laws and regulations of the Lebanese state, undermines the basic survival of Palestinians. They are forbidden from owning property, the majority living in refugee camps throughout the country, which are surrounded by Lebanese military check-points. Legally defined as foreigners, Palestinians live in Lebanon as second-class citizens without any basic social or political rights. According to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) an estimated 60% of Palestinians in Lebanon live below the poverty line, a situation which has forced thousands of Palestinian refugees to flee the country.
In April 2005, Syria complied with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 and withdrew upwards of 15 000 troops from Lebanon. In this political context, the shadow of Resolution 1559 hangs over the camps , as included in the resolution is the demand for the disarmament of all Palestinian resistance organizations in Lebanon.
Social and political pressure also forced from Lebanon, tens-of-thousands of Syrian workers from the country. Many Palestinians in the camps express skepticism regarding the economic motives for this change regarding their right to work. It has been argued that Palestinian refugees can now fill the cheap-labour vacuum, left by the withdrawal of Syrian labour force.
>From Montreal to Ein el-Hilweh: Deportation, Destitution & Dignity Stefan Christoff, The Electronic Intifada http://beirut.indymedia.org/ar/2005/07/2976.shtml
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