Humanitarian Development Studies
Survey on Perceptions of Security Threats Stemming from the Syrian Refugee Presence in Lebanon (International Alert Consultancy, March 2014)The perception of security risks among the Lebanese citizens was the subject of an earlier research conducted under the framework of the European-Lebanese cooperation program entitled “Developing National Capabilities for Security and Stabilization”. The research was conducted in 2014 by the Lebanese Center for Policy Research (LCPS) in conjunction with International Alert (IA) to provide a bottom up perception of security needs by the diverse Lebanese communities.
One of the main findings at the time was related to the fact that all Lebanese communities indicated a major concern over security risks stemming from the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, albeit the degree of that concern varied from one community to another. To better assess such a major security concern, IA and LCPS commissioned the Beirut Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) to conduct a follow-up study to tackle the perception of the Lebanese citizens regarding the spectrum of security concerns emerging from the acceptance into the country of over a million refugees from the next door war-torn neighbor, Syria.
This study is distinct from others in that it adopts a methodology that not only assesses individual households, but also takes into account the general conditions of the clusters in which they live, with the aim of drawing larger correlations than a simple household survey.
The overall situation of conflict that today characterizes the Arab and the Muslim world and its consequences in Europe and elsewhere, provides ASDEAM with a vast field of action. Thus, for over a year, it had dedicated itself to the question of Lebanon. Following a public debate on this issue organized under the auspices of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in Geneva in the autumn of 2006, ASDEAM, had during the year 2007 extended its efforts to bring together, three times in Switzerland, a group of Lebanese personalities, representing all political currents, in the face of a variety of institutional challenges and deadlines.
These meetings had allowed, each time, to advance the points of agreement, to identify differences and clarify their importance, and to gradually build a spirit of understanding favorable to the revival of ‘living together’ under a ‘libanité’ to be reconstructed.