Today, almost two-thirds of registered Palestine refugees live in 12 refugee camps across the country. The original boundaries of these camps remain identical to their establishment over 60 years ago.
The fact that the camps have not been enlarged to cope with population growth has resulted in severe overcrowding which negatively impacts on refugees’ quality of life and health, as well as the general environmental and sanitary conditions of the camps.
Decaying infrastructure, a complete lack of recreational spaces and insufficient access roads, as well as very limited natural light and ventilation characterise the camps in Lebanon. Shelters that were designed to be temporary are still standing and have been extended upwards, posing serious safety risks. The high cost of materials, combined with the restrictions imposed on bringing construction materials into the camps, has meant that refugee families have been unable to carry out substantial repairs or maintenance.