Lebanon to enroll 100,000 new Syrian students-refugees

September 21, 2015

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government is launching a campaign to register 100,000 new students from among the Syrian refugee population in its already overwhelmed public schools.

The figure is double the number of refugees who were able to enroll last year. Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Monday this will give more refugee children a chance at free education. But he cautioned that nearly the same number of Syrian refugee children are still out of schools.

He says that if more refugee children enroll in schools, this may stem the flow of migrants from the region to Europe. Lebanon is struggling with at least 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees who fled their country’s civil war, now in its fifth year.

Bou Saab says Syrians could soon outnumber Lebanese in public schools.

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