The war in Syria has been going on for over four years now. More than 100,000 people have lost their lives. 2.5 million Syrians have fled the country. Most refugees escaped to neighboring countries, approximately 1.5 million Syrians to Lebanon. Western Beqaa, close to the border of Syria, is one of the poorest regions of Lebanon, yet many communities have granted refuge to a vast number of Syrians. But their hospitality also has a downside: The vast numbers of refugees overburdens the local infrastructure.
The overall economic situation is worsening. Those Syrians, who do not have relatives or friends in Lebanon, face a dire humanitarian situation. They often work illegally and accept poor salaries simply in order to survive. Members of the host communities can no longer compete with the cheap labor provided by Syrians, a fact giving rise to hostility towards refugee communities, who are blamed for the increasing poverty in the region. Moreover, as Syrian communities receive humanitarian aid, Lebanese host communities openly display envy and dissatisfaction.