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Lebanon's restriction on Syrians comes into effect today

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 8:47 AM

New restrictions on Syrians entering Lebanon came into force today, further tightening the flow of asylum seekers trying to escape the war.



Previously, travel between the two countries was largely unrestricted, but now Syrians will have to obtain a visa.



It is the latest in a series of steps to stop the influx of refugees.



Lebanon already hosts more than a million Syrian refugees.



It is unclear what the rule will mean for the many Syrians already in the country and not registered as refugees.



Before now, Syrians could stay in Lebanon for up to six months automatically.



Under the new measure, Syrians wanting to enter Lebanon will have to fulfil certain criteria in order to be granted a visa at the border.



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