Homs Camp

The information included here predates the start of the conflict in Syria in March 2011. For more up-to-date information, please visit the Syria crisis page.

Homs camp lies within the town of Homs, 160km north of Damascus.

Woman using sign languageThe camp was established in 1949 on an area of 0.15 square kilometres, adjacent to al-Baath University. Most of the original refugees fled from the villages surrounding Haifa , Tabaryeh and Acre in northern Palestine.

Today, most refugees are wage labourers, local civil servants or street vendors.

Poor environmental health is a major concern as it affects the quality of life and poses health risks for the refugees. The sewerage system needs to be expanded to cope with the increasing camp population.

Two old school buildings are in a dilapidated condition and have major structural defects. UNRWA's main priority in the camp is to reconstruct the schools to provide improved facilities for the refugee children.

  • More than 22,000 registered refugees
  • Six double-shift schools
  • One food distribution centre
  • One health centre
  • One small community-based organsisation (women’s programme centre and disability centre)
  • One learning resource centre office
  • Demographic profile:
    Graph of Homs demographic profile
Programmes in the camp
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social safety net
  • Relief and social services
  • Engaging Youth project
Major problems
  • Drug addiction
  • Housing problems
  • High unemployment rate
  • Poverty
  • Overcrowding


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

Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the country.