In November 2016 we travelled to Lebanon, a country where 1 in 4 people is a Syrian refugee. 17% of Syrian refugees are living in informal tented settlements, wooden and plastic shelters which they have built themselves. A further 24% are living in substandard buildings not designed to be lived in. We visited a number of these settlements and learned about the everyday experience of forced migration. We met with displaced Syrians, some of whom had fled their homes at the start of the conflict, others who had escaped only a few months prior. The individuals and families we encountered were generous with their hospitality, inviting us into their homes. We met with anger, humour, frustration and pride. Some interactions were fleeting, others lasted entire afternoons. We came prepared with questions but conversations often took their own course.