A Socio-economic Profile of the Nahr El-Bared and Beddawi Refugee Camps of Lebanon
Based on the 2006 Labour Force Survey among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Åge A. Tiltnes

Fafo-paper 2007:16


Forskere på Fafo: Åge Arild Tiltnes

As a consequence of the armed struggle between the Islamist group Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese Army in and around the Nahr El-Bared Palestinian refugee camp the past 3 weeks, the majority of its population has fled their homes, many to the nearby Beddawi refugee camp.

Approximately half of the employed people in Nahr El-Bared may have completely lost their jobs and incomes as a result of the conflict. This is dramatic. While being welcomed and housed in Beddawi, the population there is in no position to cater for the displaced over a long period of time without significant external support.

The camps consist of a vulnerable group of people generally characterized by limited human resources, low labour force participation, meager incomes despite long work hours, and inadequate savings to buffer sudden income shortfalls in times of crisis such as the current one.

Based on a recent household sample survey, this brief report presents statistics on the people residing in the two refugee camps affected by the crisis.

Utgitt: 2007 Id-nr.: 10036