According to UNRWA, Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees living in abject poverty and registered with the Agency's social safety-net programme.
The history of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon dates back to 1947, just before the proclamation of the state of Israel when more than 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes in Palestine, approximately 120,000 of whom sought refuge in Lebanon. By 1999, the number of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon reached 370,144.
Since 1948, the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have constantly been confronted with frequent difficulties on political, social, and economic levels. Their miserable living conditions can be traced to a number of sources. The most direct cause is the uprooting from their homes in 1948. By then, they lost the security and stability that a state usually provides for their population. Their refugee status led to serious challenges ranging from being treated as second-class citizens deprived of many of their rights to being exposed to numerous social, political, and economic problems often associated with refugee populations and politically unstable communities such as a high crime rates, appalling health conditions, unemployment, inadequate educational services, and poor nutrition and sanitation.
Today everyday life in the camps is still very difficult in Lebanon. There is still a lack of social and civil rights, no access to public social services and very limited access to public health and educational facilities.
For further information and more details about the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, kindly use the links below.
Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee (Both in English and Arabic)
UNRWA - their work in Lebanon and background information for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (Both in Arabic and English)