In a live forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, a panel of experts look at the situation developing as a staggering number of refugees and migrants flood into Europe. Our own Aaron Schachter moderates.
There's been many news accounts recently about refugees from other parts of the world trying to pass as Syrian. Countries in the EU have outsourced language tests/analysis of refugees to determine whether their origin is what they say it is. However, it's much more complicated then just knowing a certain vocabulary.
In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language but three: English, French & Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue — and speakers will often drift from one language to the next, mid-sentence.