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IOM director visits Hariri: We helped 100 000 refugees leave Lebanon and start a new life in Canada, Australia and Europe

The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the UN Migration Agency (IOM) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Carmela Godeau, in the presence of former minister Ghattas Khoury.

They discussed the situation of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon. Godeau explained that IOM sent between the years 2011 and 2019 one hundred thousand refugees from Lebanon to Canada, Australia and European countries and helped them start a new life there.

After the meeting, Godeau said:

"We just met with the Prime Minister to thank him for the decision passed on the 25th of April about Lebanon becoming member of the International Organization for Migration.

I highlighted the last achievement of the organization in Lebanon, with the departure of one hundred thousand refugees to third countries to start a new life. More than 90% of the hundred thousand were Syrian refugees who started a new life in Canada, the United States or Europe.

So we are very thankful to the government of Lebanon and to the Prime Minister for the support they are giving to the International Organization for Migration.

Also yesterday we inaugurated with Major General Abbas Ibrahim a health clinic on the border in the framework of a humanitarian border management project and we donated equipment thanks to a grant that was given by the Japanese government."

After that, Hariri met with the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and Minister for Suburban Development at the Victorian Government, Marlene Kairouz, who said after the meeting:

"It was an absolutely honor to meet with the Prime Minister of Lebanon and I invited him to visit Australia to meet the Lebanese community that adores him and he informed me about things in Lebanon."

Source: National News Agency

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