Syria Refugees Vie for Jobs with Lebanese, Minister Says

July 9, 2014 10:47 AM

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Syrian refugees are entering Lebanon to benefit from humanitarian aid and employment and not because they’re fleeing the war, Lebanese Labor Minister Sajaan Qazzi said.

Of the 1.6 million Syrian refugees, 47 percent are workers competing with the Lebanese for jobs, Qazzi said in a telephone interview yesterday. He said Syrians who have long worked as laborers in Lebanon are now taking jobs that under the law only Lebanese should hold, such as engineers, medics and ...

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