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Lebanon Lawmakers Grant Palestinian Refugees the Right to Work

Lebanese lawmakers approved today a bill that for the first time grants Palestinian refugees in the country the right to work and access to social security benefits.

“The reforms are a step in the right direction but they don’t go far enough,” said Nadim Houry, director of Human Rights Watch in Beirut, in an interview. “Palestinians remain barred from professions governed by syndicates and their work permits remain dependent on the goodwill of employers, who usually prefer to hire Palestinians in the black market.”