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Sanctuary in the City: Beirut


The world’s refugee crisis is a global responsibility that is especially discharged locally, in particular, in Lebanon, where refugees and displaced persons form a large percentage of the national population. Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis in March 2011, Lebanon has been a refuge for many hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war. This project explores how municipalities cope with the crisis within the normative framework of human rights and corresponding obligations. It seeks to give voice to the experience of Beirut among the world’s cities claiming to apply that framework in policies, practice, services and local democratic leadership and administration.

Through a series of workshops and other survey tools, the project captures the expressions, principles and experiences of local governance amid the refugee/displacement crisis. It seeks to channel the experience of refugees, civil society and local authorities by expressing operational principles and allows people in Beirut to identify what works and what could work better.

One outcome of the project will be a local charter that gives voice to this community of practice among the world’s cities that are facing comparable challenges. The charter will form a basis for exchange, mutual learning and guidance for local administrations in future. The Beirut charter is seen as one tangible way to give credit to the people of Beirut for their role in assuming a local responsibility that the wider world shares.


Download the Greater Beirut Charter for the Right to the City

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Questionnaire to the Non-Lebanese Communities in Greater Beirut  

Questionnaire to the Municipalities in Greater Beirut  

Questionnaire to the Civil Society in Greater Beirut 

 Fiche - Sanctuary in the City: Beirut  


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