Burj Barajneh Camp

Burj Barajneh camp was established in 1949 by the League of Red Cross Societies and is located in the southern suburb of Beirut, 4 km from the capital’s downtown. The initial camp population was approximately 3,500 people. The camp was partially destroyed during the Israeli invasion in 1982 and the Lebanese civil war.

Boy looking out of window

Starting in 1969, the camp population expanded rapidly and the urban design changed. Building work was undertaken randomly, with no opportunity to increase the foundations. Roads became extremely narrow and infrastructure was put under heavy stress. These problems were compounded by the destruction of several Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war and the ongoing Syria crisis, each resulting in a wave of new refugees to Burj Barajneh.  This has increased the population to 18,351 today.*

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Lebanon

We provide services in 12 Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

  • There are 19,539 UNRWA registered persons in Burj Barajneh camp as of June 2018*

    *This figure does not claim to represent the actual number present in the country as, for example, Palestine refugees may have left over the years and UNRWA does not track the habitual movement of refugees out of its fields of operation.

Unrwa In Burj Barajneh Camp

Schools

  • There are four UNRWA schools in Burj Barjneh providing an education for more than 2,000 children, including Palestine refugee children from Syria (PRS).
  • All UNRWA schools are located outside the camp due to lack of space.

RSS staff

  • UNRWA provides assistance at the rate of US$ 120 per person per year through e-cards as a form of social protection to more than 775 families. 
  • The Agency also provides soft loan and mini-loan programmes to Palestine refugees.