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Lebanon Immigration Detention

Lebanon has the highest per-capita concentration of refugees recorded anywhere in the world as a result of people fleeing the conflict in Syria. The country also hosts thousands of long-term Palestinian refugees and a sizable population of immigrants from as far away as Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Ethiopia, many of whom are domestic laborers vulnerable to detention. Non-citizens who are apprehended for immigration reasons are generally detained in Lebanon’s sole dedicated immigration detention centre, which is located in a former parking garage in Beirut. The facility is often overcrowded and conditions are extreme, with no natural light or ventilation. There is no established maximum limit on the duration of administrative detention and legislative reform has been lagging.

Lebanon Quick Facts

  • International migrants:
    849,700
    New asylum applications :
    2,113