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Syrian refugees will now need visas to enter Lebanon

Beginning Monday, Syrians wanting to cross into Lebanon have to apply for a visa at the border.

Before, Syrians were able to enter Lebanon with relative ease, and the new rule is an attempt to slow down the number of refugees coming into the country, Time reports; right now, the U.N. Refugee Agency says 1.15 million refugees are registered in Lebanon, raising the country's population by 25 percent.

Also starting on Monday, Syrians who wish to work in Lebanon must be sponsored by either a Lebanese citizen or company.