OUR WORK IN LEBANON
- 5.9 million people (estimates)
- 1 million Lebanese people living below the national poverty line
- 70% Syrian refugees living below the national poverty line
- 65% Palestinian refugees in Lebanon living below the national poverty line
- 90% Palestinian refugees from Syria living below the national poverty line
The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is immense and multidimensional. Up to 1.5 million Syrians, about a quarter of the Lebanese population, have taken refuge in Lebanon since the conflict started in March 2011. The massive population influx has put huge pressure on the labour market and employment, whilst also driving up living costs. Around 58% of Syrian refugee households in Lebanon are estimated to be unable to meet their minimum survival requirements and approximately 1 million Lebanese citizens live below the poverty line. As people living in extreme poverty, they are more vulnerable to homelessness, illness, malnutrition and high risk coping strategies. Oxfam works in Lebanon to provide refugees and other affected populations with access to income generating opportunities and vocational training. Our work targets Syrian refugees, as well as vulnerable communities hosting refugees, with a focus on the needs of women and people with disabilities.