Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon Want Asylum in Canada

There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after attending the APEC 2018 Economic Leaders Meeting at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, November 18, 2018.
Aaron Favila,AP

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees, waving Palestinian and Canadian flags, have gathered outside the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, requesting asylum in the North American country.

Many among the group lamented the deteriorating economic and living conditions in Lebanon and said they want a more dignified life.

The periodic protests outside the embassy on the coastal highway north of Beirut began a few weeks ago, after a crackdown on undocumented foreign labor by Lebanese authorities.

There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon. Most of them live in squalid camps with no access to public services, limited employment opportunities and no rights to ownership.

The protesters gathered on Thursday also decried what they say is widespread corruption at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, or UNRWA.