As the number of men, women and children fleeing six years of war in Syria passes the 5 million mark, the global community needs to do more to help them, the United Nations refugee chief said today.
After President Donald Trump announced his now-blocked executive order freezing the refugee program, Lebanon's president pushed for refugees in his country to be sent back to Syria.
He said much of the global community was also failing refugees, increasingly closing borders and turning them away.
The United Nations says the number of refugees, who have fled the foreign-backed militancy in Syria, has now gone beyond the five million mark. Despite the call during that meeting in Geneva on 30 March 2016 to resettle and facilitate pathways for 500,000 refugees, to date 250,000 places have been made available.
"Today if you go around most of the host communities, there is a huge tension between the Lebanese and the Syrians..."
The situation is more complicated in Lebanon, where the government refused the establishment of formal camps.
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In the education system, classrooms were overcrowded with the number of students more than doubling in six years to accommodate Syrian pupils.
In a joint statement with Syrian organisations, charity Oxfam on Thursday urged more support for host countries.
UNHCR estimates that nearly 1.2 million refugees will need resettlement in 2017, 40 percent of whom are Syrians.
"It's a protracted crisis and the funding is not catching up with the needs", added Oxfam spokeswoman Joelle Bassoul.
"With fewer resources we now have to help more people".
Lebanon, which shares a large border with Syria, has taken in some 1.2 million Syrian refugees - the equivalent of one-fourth of its own population - who have been a burden on Lebanon's infrastructure.
According to UNHCR, there are over 1 million registered refugees in Lebanon, but some believe there are 1.5 million.