Where We Work

The West Bank is home to nearly 775,000 registered refugees, around a quarter of whom live in 19 camps. Most of the others live in West Bank towns and villages. Some camps are located next to major towns and others are in rural areas.

While the West Bank has the largest number of recognized Palestine refugee camps in the five UNWRA fields, the largest of them, Balata, has a population similar to that of the smallest camp in Gaza.

Facts & figures

  • 809,738 registered Palestine refugees
  • 19 camps
  • 96 schools, with 48,956​ pupils
  • 2 vocational and technical training centres
  • 43 primary health centres
  • 15 community rehabilitation centres
  • 19 women’s programme centres

Figures as of 31 December 2016

REFUGEE CAMPS IN the West Bank

We provide services in 19 Palestine refugee camps in the West Bank. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.
Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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