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Residency issues press on refugees 


Shams Bader eyes the entrance of her tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley town of Kfoury with suspicion; a year in Lebanon with limited legal status has made her wary of outsiders and, more so, law enforcement officers.

Bader, who arrived from rural Aleppo in 2012, has been living in Lebanon illegally for a year, after her entry permit expired and she could not afford the $200 charge to renew it, the requirement for all Syrians above the age of 15. Four of Bader’s six children are in the same legal predicament; legalizing their stay in Lebanon would cost $1,000, a sum so large she ridicules the mere thought of trying to assemble it...