Lebanon protection unit update 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015
  • More than five million Palestine refugees, the largest refugee population in the world, are registered by UNRWA in five areas of operation in the Middle East, including 450,000 in Lebanon.
  • According to a 2010 estimate from the American University in Beirut’s Socio-Economic Survey of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon between 260,000 and 280,000 of them reside in the country.
  • The current spread of conflicts in the region, and in particular the conflict in Syria, exposes them to one of the most widespread protection crisis since their forced displacement in 1948.
  • Many Palestine refugees have historically been excluded from key aspects of social, political and economic life with the result that they do not enjoy the same basic human rights as other citizens.
  • They also have severely curtailed access to public services and job opportunities, which leads to marginalization and increased vulnerability.
  • Palestine refugees from Syria [PRS] escaping the conflict and seeking safety in Lebanon face limitations on their legal access to Lebanese territory since August 2013, while those PRS already in the country [45,000 currently recorded] face specific protection threats due to their precarious legal status; in particular limited access to crucial civil registration procedures.

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