Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon From difficult to precarious living conditions

Carole Mansour - Lebanon - 04/24/2023 05:26

The current economic collapse in Lebanon is contributing to a worsening of the already complicated socio-economic situation of the Palestinian refugees in the country. Observers report that the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are now mirroring their situation in Syria and even in Gaza.

There are about 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. About 86% of them live under the global poverty line (1.9 dollars a day) which has resulted in food insecurity, lack of access to water and electricity, and limited access to healthcare. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has issued several alarms when it comes to those realities on the ground. In term of working opportunities, UNRWA has largely been the employer of these refugees. Traditionally, Palestinians have been excluded from higher skilled positions in the Lebanese labor market. It was only in 2021 that Lebanon partially removed restrictions on Palestinians entering different sectors of the job market.

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