An economic lifeline for West Bank refugees

07 June 2011

UNRWA's West Bank job creation programme is part of the Agency's emergency work, which began in 2000 in order to ease the economic and social impact of the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian refugee communities are disproportionately affected by Israeli practices. They are also excluded as a group from the benefits of economic progress in the West Bank.

By organising work opportunities for these refugee communities, UNRWA helps boost local development projects, and gives individuals and families an economic lifeline.

UNRWA's job creation programme is made possible through the generous contributions of governments, including Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, the US, and the European Commission's humanitarian aid department (ECHO).

To find out more, visit UNRWA's website: