Please find below and attached a new report from the Centre for Global Education on the impact of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria.

Geraldine Alexander
Assistant Secretary

Refugee-Cover-Report-APR-2020This new report from the Centre for Global Education examines the impact of the near decade long war in Syria on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria. Since 2011, 60 per cent of Palestinian Refugees in Syria (PRS), approximately 260,000, have been displaced at least once, more than 4,000 have been killed and three Palestinian camps in Syria have been destroyed. In the same period, 77,329 Palestinian refugees have been born into highly vulnerable and impoverished communities with the UN reporting 95 per cent of PRS in need of ‘sustained humanitarian assistance’.

29,000 PRS have fled to neighbouring Lebanon where Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (PRL) endure a permanent ‘foreigner’ status without citizenship, property rights and access to nearly 40 occupations. The report considers the impact of the ongoing Syrian war on PRS and PRL in the context of the current economic upheaval in Lebanon, cuts to the budget of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre for Global Education is a development non-governmental organisation based in Belfast which is currently supporting development education programmes in the Gaza Strip, Palestine and in Burj Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. This report is part of the CGE’s ongoing research to raise awareness of the social and economic problems faced by Palestinian refugees across the Middle-East. Previously published CGE reports on Palestine are available here. The report on Syria and Lebanon is available below.