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Small hands, enormous commitments: Child labor among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

…Due to limited financial aid, Syrian families are forced to send their children to work instead of sending them to schools. The Lebanese education sector also plays a role in driving them away. With children working side by side with adults, a critical situation is created. Anti-slavery International estimates that 60 to 70 percent of Syrian refugee children are forced to work. Even more critically, over 85 percent of working children are in “risky” jobs, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). In this report, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor aims to highlight the crisis faced by refugee children from Syria in Lebanon, and its causes and effects on the children themselves and their families. Through this, the Euro-Med aims to pressure locally and internationally to improve the situation of children in Lebanon in general and the children of Syria in particular, being the most vulnerable, and the most in need.

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