Arab-Arab Migration: The two sides of the coin

The GCC is the major destination for the majority of migrants from Egypt, Jordan and to a lesser extent Lebanon. But despite the GCC’s growing immigrant population, their reliance on Arab immigrants has been continuously decreasing over the past...

Ageing in the region is a complicated matter

The Arab world still has one of the lowest ageing rates in the world. However, there is no doubt that the decreasing fertility rates are slowly setting way for an ageing population. The demographic transformation will take different shapes...

The Arab World: Receiving and Sending Migrants

Migration patterns in the Arab world vary greatly according to sub-regions. While the GCC hosts a large number of immigrants, countries in North Africa (such as Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) have large number of emigrant population. The Mashreq...

World Refugee Day

To mark World Refugee Day (WRD) and raise awareness about the status of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Arab region, Bayanat Box, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute (IFI) for Public Policy and International...

Lebanon’s debt: Financed by many but benefits few

Despite the high risk associated with the growing public debt amidst the slow growth in the economy, the Lebanese government has managed to continue borrowing from local banks. How do local banks sustain the lending to the government? Who benefits...

Lebanon Trapped in a Vicious Debt Circle

As the Lebanese government continues to spend more than it earns, it is forced to borrow to cover its extra spending. The damage created by the civil war, large transfers to cover losses of the public electricity company Electricite du Liban (EdL)...

The Arab World’s Food Security is at Risk

Climate change will have a negative impact on the food security of Arab nations. This is a result of decreased agricultural productivity regionally as well as locally. The region’s dependence on food imports, a growing population, and ongoing...