‘Tired of fighting’
Decades of conflict, sluggish growth and corruption have prompted many Lebanese to emigrate - a fact touted by Lebanese officials who boast the success of the country's expatriates.
Although there are no official figures, Lebanon's diaspora is estimated to be more than double the size of its domestic population of 4mn.
This chronic exodus has drawn the ire of demonstrators, who accuse politicians they view as corrupt of hijacking the country and forcing its people out.
"I had been thinking about leaving ever since I was 16 years old," said Fatima, an architect by training who is now 28.
"When the revolution started, that was the very first time I ever felt like I belonged, the very first time I ever felt that Lebanon's flag meant something to me."
But last month, Fatima lost a high-paying job at an international NGO after donors cut funding due to the crisis.
"This is when everything changed for me," she told AFP.
She found an immigration lawyer and is in the process of applying to emigrate to Canada - something she is determined to complete. "I'm tired of fighting all the time," she said. "I don't think I will be failing my country if I leave," she added.
"I will be failing it if I stay and get more depressed and do nothing."
People check the departures board inside the terminal at Beirut International Airport on January 27, 2020