Lebanon, 160,000 people fled in 2 years of crises

'Middle class goes abroad, to Turkey, Georgia, Armenia'

10 December, 12:00

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, DECEMBER 10 - Some 200,000 Lebanese over the last two years have fled from their country, which is grappling with economic collapse, according to the research center Information International based in Beirut.

    The research center's latest report said that, along with the migration of Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the Mediterranean shores of Lebanon to Cyprus, some 160,000 departures of middle class Lebanese were registered from the fall of 2019 towards destinations considered less usual like Turkey, Georgia and Armenia.

    Lebanon is in financial default, hit by the collapse of the banking system and the worst currency crisis of the last decades. The lack of goods and essential services has increased in the country and the local lira continues to lose value compared to the US dollar.

    The UN said that over 75% of the resident population lives below the poverty line. (ANSAmed)

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