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Quick facts

  • 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.

Key areas of work

Livelihoods, Saving Lives, Women’s Economic Empowerment

Key projects

Livelihood Activities in Lebanon

Oxfam is providing Syrian refugees and affected communities in Lebanon with access to income generating opportunities and vocational training. With a focus on the most vulnerable groups including women and people with disabilities, Oxfam is aiming to increase people’s access to work and income, reducing the stress and hardship for families. This $3.5 million, three-year (2017-2020) project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership Agreement and implemented by Oxfam in partnership with CARE Australia and local partners.



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