According to the latest report published by Information International, more than 215,000 individuals have immigrated/traveled from Lebanon between 2017 and 2021, including 79,134 last year alone. The statistics are based on on data provided by the General Security.

Lebanon has been witnessing an alarming rise in the rates of emigration since 2019 and I believe the numbers are relatively low and misleading, because the processing time for immigration requests is taking forever and there are hundreds of thousands of applications still pending.

Another interesting statistic to look at is the daily request for passport renewal and issuance which exceeded 7,000 in 2021, compared to 300 daily requests before the crisis. [Source: Megaphone]