Economic and living crises, an unprecedented financial deterioration, the explosion of the port of Beirut and the lack of political stability… All these factors prompted a large number of Lebanese to seek emigration, and the country became almost empty of talent, as the medical sector witnessed a sharp “bleeding” in 2021, with the emigration of more than 2500 doctors out of 15,000, or 20 percent of the medical body, in addition to the emigration of a large number of teachers, engineers and students, in an effort to search for a job or improve life conditions that no longer exist in Lebanon.
A study conducted by the International for Information, shows the number of travelers and immigrants from Lebanon between 2017 and 2021.
In 2017, the number of immigrants and travelers reached 18,863
In 2018, the number increased to 33,129
The number of immigrants and travelers continued to rise until it reached 66,806 in 2019
This number decreased to 17,712 in 2020.
After the explosion of the port and its repercussions in the same year, 79,134 Lebanese citizens made their decision to emigrate.
Thus, the year 2021 witnessed the largest proportion of immigrants and travelers during the past five years, with a total of 215,653 people.
As for the requests to renew passports, which are pouring daily by the hundreds at the Public Security Agency, they are the biggest evidence that this number will rise in 2022.
And with the absence of a political decision with a serious approach to the Lebanese crisis, which suggests the deliberate collapse and fall of state administrations one after another, it seems that we are on the verge of a wave of migration that could be more dangerous than its predecessors.