Amid increased discussion on repatriation, particularly for Syrians at the regional level, this paper examines what this process looks like for Syrian refugees from Lebanon, whilst framing it alongside notions of political will, protection, as well as preconditions for safe return. Given that voluntary repatriation and safe return often overlap, the paper explores this intersection amid larger conversations surrounding the Lebanese Government’s approach to return, the stance of UNHCR and its role, as well as regional and international conversations on how return can take place durably and sustainably.
Title: Safe Return and Voluntary Repatriation for Syrian Refugees from Lebanon: What Needs to Happen Next?
Author: Jasmin Lilian Diab
Published by: United Nations University
Date: February 01, 2023