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2014 UNHCR country operations profile - Lebanon

| Overview |

Working environment

  • Previously strong economic growth rates in Lebanon have been negatively affected by political instability, security incidents and the effects of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria).

  • The growing number of Syrian refugees and the effects of their presence on the political, economic and social stability, as well as on the labour market and infrastructure, are a major concern.

  • Lebanon has not signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, although it has signed most other human rights treaties relevant to the protection of refugees. Constitutionally, the latter take precedence over domestic law but this is rarely observed by the courts, and there is no domestic legislation or administrative practice to address the specific needs of refugees and asylum-seekers.

  • In addition to maintaining its borders open to the influx of refugees, the Government of Lebanon has allowed Syrians to access the education and health systems.

  • The Government of Lebanon has also played a very active role in facilitating the coordination and planning of the response.

People of concern

The majority of people of concern planned for in 2014 under the Lebanon operation are Syrians fleeing the conflict in Syria. By August 2013, the number of Syrians registered and pending registration with UNHCR stood at over 700,000. Based on the situation in Syria and current arrival trends, it is expected that up to 1 million Syrian refugees may be residing in Lebanon by December 2013. By the end of 2014, the Syrian refugee population could reach 1.5 million.

Of the more than 8,000 (non-Syrian and non-Palestinian) refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR, Iraqis represent 87 per cent and the remaining originate from Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Somalia and Sudan. Based on trends of 2013, and despite the situation in Iraq, the total number of non-Palestinian and non-Syrian refugees is projected to continue to decrease in 2014.

Exact figures on statelessness are not known, but could be as high as 200,000 according to some academic studies.

Planning figures

UNHCR 2014 planning figures for Lebanon
TYPE OF POPULATION ORIGIN Dec 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total 1,008,970 1,008,970 1,509,790 1,509,790 1,510,320 1,510,320
Refugees Iraq 6,100 6,100 6,100 6,100 6,100 6,100
Sudan 170 170 170 170 170 170
Syrian Arab Rep. 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Various 250 250 250 250 250 250
Asylum-seekers Iraq 1,700 1,700 2,500 2,500 3,000 3,000
Sudan 250 250 270 270 300 300
Various 500 500 500 500 500 500

| Response |

Needs and strategies

UNHCR's overarching strategy in Lebanon remains to protect, assist and facilitate solutions for refugees and other people of concern, through a close partnership with the Government, the Parliament, the judiciary and the UN Country Team, as well as local NGOs and partners. The displacement of increasingly impoverished people with limited access to employment throughout the entire country makes it essential to adapt the response according to the varied profiles and locations of the Syrian refugee population.

The overall focus is to ensure results and impact-oriented performance of interventions by both UNHCR and the many other organizations participating in the UNHCR-led response for Syrian refugees. UNHCR will focus its activities on: the overall coordination to the Syrian refugee crisis; prioritized shelter interventions; provision of essential non-food items; and support for access to health services and education. Moreover, together with partners, the Office will support host communities and local authorities in order to limit the impact of the refugee influx on the overall protection environment. UNHCR will also support the Government with measures to improve the capacities of central and local actors to help refugees, as well as to reduce and prevent statelessness in Lebanon.

| Implementation |

Coordination

With the rapidly expanding refugee emergency operation in Lebanon, UNHCR will continue to play a crucial role in inter-agency coordination. As the lead agency chairing or co-chairing several sector working groups, and as part of the Office's commitment to enhancing coordination, a dedicated senior inter-agency coordinator will work to align the working groups addressing protection, shelter, non-food items, food, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as health sectors. In all of these sectors, UNHCR ensures close cooperation and provides information management services for all response partners, including a wide range of international and national NGOs.

The Office will foster close relations with key ministries including the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, as well as the Ministry of the Interior, and encourage the engagement of others. UNHCR will moreover pursue further cooperation with the security branches of the Lebanese Government.

2014 UNHCR partners in Lebanon
Implementing partners
Government agencies: Ministry of Social Affairs
NGOs: Action contre la Faim, Agence d'aide à la coopération technique et au développement, Al Majmouaa, Amel association, Association Justice et Miséricorde, Caritas - Migrant Centre, Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli, Concern Worldwide Ireland, Cooperative Housing Foundation International, Danish Refugee Council, Green Shield, International Medical Corps, International Orthodox Christian Charities, International Relief and Development, International Rescue Committee, INTERSOS, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Makhzoumi Foundation, Medair, Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam UK, Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale, Restart, Right to Play, Terre des Hommes Italia, War Child Holland, World Vision International
Others: UNDP, UN-HABITAT, UNOPS
Operational partners
Government agencies: Dar Al Fatwa, High Relief Commission, Human Rights Committee in Parliament, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs
NGOs: ActionAid Denmark, ALPHA, Associazione Volontari per il Servizio Internazionale, Center for Victims of Torture, Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura, GVC/Muslim Aid, Handicap International, Heartland Alliance International, Lebanese Red Cross, Makassed, Médecins du Monde, Première Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale, Refugee Education Trust, Relief International, René Moawad Foundation, Safadi Foundation, Save the Children International, Search for Common Ground, Terre des Hommes Lausanne, World Rehabilitation Fund, YMCA
Others: FAO, ICRC, IFRC, ILO, IOM, Lebanese Red Cross, OCHA, OHCHR, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNODC, UNRWA, UNSCOL, UNWOMEN, WFP, WHO

| Financial information |

Over the last several years, the financial requirements for UNHCR's operation in Lebanon have seen a dramatic increase from USD 13.5 million in 2010 to a revised 2013 budget of USD 362 million, as a result of the response to the needs arising from the emergency in Syria.

The overall budget for Lebanon in 2014 is set at USD 370.9 million, with the majority of the budget devoted to the emergency response for Syrian refugees. These financial requirements are based on the best estimates for 2014 using the information available as of mid-2013. In light of the evolving situation in Syria, any additional requirements will be presented in the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP6) with the situation undergoing further review in the course of 2014.

Source: UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2105


UNHCR contact information

The UNHCR Representation in Lebanon
Style of Address The UNHCR Representative in Lebanon
Street Address Khater Building,
Dr. Philippe Hitti Street,
Ramlet El Baida,
(Behind Spinneys Supermarket - Jnah),
Beirut - Lebanon
Mailing Address P.O. Box 11-7332
Riad El Solh
Beirut, Lebanon
Telephone +961 1 849201
Facsimile +961 1 849211
Email lebbe@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 2:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday:08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday:08:00 - 16:00
Thursday:08:00 - 16:00
Friday:08:00 - 16:00
Saturday:
Sunday:
Public Holidays 03 January 2011, New Year
15 February 2011, Prophet's Birthday
22 April 2011, Good Friday (Catholic and Orthodox)
25 April 2011, Easter (Catholic and Orthodox)
02 May 2011, Labor Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
07 November 2011, Eid AL-Adha
22 November 2011, Independance Day
28 November 2011, Hejira New Year
26 December 2011, Christmas
Comments The opening date of the office: 1963.
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Statistical Snapshot*
* As at mid-2013
  1. Country or territory of asylum or residence. In the absence of Government estimates, UNHCR has estimated the refugee population in most industrialized countries based on 10 years of asylum-seekers recognition.
  2. Persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention/1967 Protocol, the 1969 OAU Convention, in accordance with the UNHCR Statute, persons granted a complementary form of protection and those granted temporary protection. It also includes persons in a refugee-like situation whose status has not yet been verified.
  3. Persons whose application for asylum or refugee status is pending at any stage in the procedure.
  4. Refugees who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013. Source: Country of origin and asylum.
  5. Persons who are displaced within their country and to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance. It also includes persons who are in an IDP-like situation.
  6. IDPs protected/assisted by UNHCR who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013.
  7. Refers to persons under UNHCR's statelessness mandate.
  8. Persons of concern to UNHCR not included in the previous columns but to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance.
  9. The category of people in a refugee-like situation is descriptive in nature and includes groups of people who are outside their country of origin and who face protection risks similar to those of refugees, but for whom refugee status has, for practical or other reasons, not been ascertained.
The data are generally provided by Governments, based on their own definitions and methods of data collection.
A dash (-) indicates that the value is zero, not available or not applicable.

Source: UNHCR/Governments.
Compiled by: UNHCR, FICSS.
Residing in Lebanon [1]
Refugees [2] 577,212
Asylum Seekers [3] 1,636
Returned Refugees [4] 0
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 0
Returned IDPs [6] 0
Stateless Persons [7] 0
Various [8] 1,535
Total Population of Concern 580,383
Originating from Lebanon [1]
Refugees [2] 3,652
Asylum Seekers [3] 1,825
Returned Refugees [4] 0
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 0
Returned IDPs [6] 0
Various [8] 1,535
Total Population of Concern 7,012
Government Contributions to UNHCR
Contributions since 2000
YearUSD
2013 0
2012 0
2011 0
2010 0
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 73,000
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
2000 0

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2008 Nansen Refugee Award

The UN refugee agency has named the British coordinator of a UN-run mine clearance programme in southern Lebanon and his civilian staff, including almost 1,000 Lebanese mine clearers, as the winners of the 2008 Nansen Refugee Award.

Christopher Clark, a former officer with the British armed forces, became manager of the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre-South Lebanon (UNMACC-SL) n 2003. His teams have detected and destroyed tons of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and tens of thousands of mines. This includes almost 145,000 submunitions (bomblets from cluster-bombs) found in southern Lebanon since the five-week war of mid-2006.

Their work helped enable the return home of almost 1 million Lebanese uprooted by the conflict. But there has been a cost – 13 mine clearers have been killed, while a further 38 have suffered cluster-bomb injuries since 2006. Southern Lebanon is once more thriving with life and industry, while the process of reconstruction continues apace thanks, in large part, to the work of the 2008 Nansen Award winners.

2008 Nansen Refugee Award

Lebanese Returnees Receive Aid

UNHCR started distributing emergency relief aid in devastated southern Lebanese villages in the second half of August. Items such as tents, plastic sheeting and blankets are being distributed to the most vulnerable. UNHCR supplies are being taken from stockpiles in Beirut, Sidon and Tyre and continue to arrive in Lebanon by air, sea and road.

Although 90 percent of the displaced returned within days of the August 14 ceasefire, many Lebanese have been unable to move back into their homes and have been staying with family or in shelters, while a few thousand have remained in Syria.

Since the crisis began in mid-July, UNHCR has moved 1,553 tons of supplies into Syria and Lebanon for the victims of the fighting. That has included nearly 15,000 tents, 154,510 blankets, 53,633 mattresses and 13,474 kitchen sets. The refugee agency has imported five trucks and 15 more are en route.

Posted on 29 August 2006

Lebanese Returnees Receive Aid

Lebanon Crisis: UNHCR Gears Up

The UN refugee agency is gearing up for a multi-million-dollar operation in the Middle East aimed at assisting tens of thousands of people displaced by the current crisis in Lebanon.

Conditions for fleeing Lebanese seeking refuge in the mountain areas north of Beirut are precarious, with relief supplies needed urgently to cope with the growing number of displaced. More than 80,0000 people have fled to the Aley valley north of Beirut. Some 38,000 of them are living in schools.

In close collaboration with local authorities, UNHCR teams have been working in the mountain regions since early last week, assessing the situation and buying supplies, particularly mattresses, to help ease the strain on those living in public buildings.

Lebanon Crisis: UNHCR Gears Up

Lebanese Stream Home After Ceasefire

Tens of thousands of displaced Lebanese have been streaming back to their homes from locations inside Lebanon and Syria since a ceasefire started on Monday. UNHCR teams monitoring the roads leading to the worst affected areas of Lebanon expect the huge numbers of returnees to continue in the coming days.

UNHCR teams have been monitoring the borders around the clock at the four border points from Syria and assisting returnees. They are distributing return packs of water, high-energy biscuits, wet towels and rehydration salts. They are also identifying vulnerable cases who require additional help. Convoys for refugees who are without transportation or who cannot afford transport home are being organized by the refugee agency.

Inside Lebanon, UNHCR teams have set up distribution points alongside roads to distribute assistance such as plastic sheeting, mattresses, water and other supplies to returnees. The full extent of the aid that will be needed will not be clear until a thorough assessment is carried out in the worst-affected areas.

Posted on 16 August 2006

Lebanese Stream Home After Ceasefire

Displaced Lebanese in Syria: Emergency Relief Supplies Arrive

A humanitarian convoy, loaded with emergency relief supplies from UNHCR's regional stockpile in Amman, Jordan, arrived in Damascus this week. Part of the shipment of mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, soap and cooking stoves will be distributed to Lebanese refugees and asylum seekers in Syria while the rest will be trucked to Lebanon to help some 100,000 internally displaced living in community shelters and with host families.

In Syria this week, UNHCR distributed 6,544 mattresses, with the bulk going to Homs in the north, where we estimate 20,000 Lebanese are sheltering. UNHCR Syria has started distributing locally procured relief items including 3,300 pillows, bed linen, some 67,000 pieces of underwear and 6,400 diapers to host families and Lebanese in need.

Since the conflict began a month ago, some 160,000 Lebanese have fled across the border into Syria, with 1,500 now arriving daily. Most Lebanese are staying with Syrian host families or in schools, summer camps, community centres, mosques and hotels. While local generosity has been overwhelming, it is in danger of being overstretched.

Posted on 14 August 2006

Displaced Lebanese in Syria: Emergency Relief Supplies Arrive

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

As world concern grows over the plight of hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians, including more than 200,000 refugees, UNHCR staff are working around the clock to provide vital assistance in neighbouring countries. At the political level, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres was due on Thursday (August 30) to address a closed UN Security Council session on Syria.

Large numbers have crossed into Lebanon to escape the violence in Syria. By the end of August, more than 53,000 Syrians across Lebanon had registered or received appointments to be registered. UNHCR's operations for Syrian refugees in Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley resumed on August 28 after being briefly suspended due to insecurity.

Many of the refugees are staying with host families in some of the poorest areas of Lebanon or in public buildings, including schools. This is a concern as the school year starts soon. UNHCR is urgently looking for alternative shelter. The majority of the people looking for safety in Lebanon are from Homs, Aleppo and Daraa and more than half are aged under 18. As the conflict in Syria continues, the situation of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon remains precarious.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Angelina Jolie visits Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East

In her new role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie has made five trips to visit refugees so far this year. She travelled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in September 2012 to meet some of the tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in their homeland and sought shelter in neighbouring countries. Jolie wrapped up her Middle East visit in Iraq, where she met Syrian refugees in the north as well as internally displaced Iraqis and refugee returnees to Baghdad.

The following unpublished photos were taken during her visit to the Middle East and show her meeting with Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Angelina Jolie visits Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East

Syria's Soap Makers Continue Ramadan Tradition in Lebanon

TV soap operas are a staple of Ramadan across the Arab world, and those made in Syria are particularly famous and popular around the region. The war in Syria has halted most productions, but some cast and crews are continuing the tradition and filming new dramas for the small screen in Lebanon.

In general, the stories are about Arab heroes and celebrated battles and are an integral - and highly anticipated - part of Ramadan. Acclaimed photographer Elena Dorfman, on assignment for UNHCR, followed the crews of two soaps on location in Lebanon.

In these images, she focuses on director Saifeddine Al Sibaii's making his latest soap, "Al Wilada Min Al Khasira" ("Giving birth from the hip"), and on female director Abeer Esber as she films the Ramadan drama, "Al Obour" ("The Transition") in a mountainous region of Lebanon.

Syria's Soap Makers Continue Ramadan Tradition in Lebanon

Syria's Latest Grim Statistic: One Million Children in Exile

With Syria's civil war well into its third year, the United Nations estimates that there are now more than 1 million Syrian children living outside their country as refugees. They include eight-year-old Aya, who was forced to flee with her family to Lebanon in 2011. They now live in an informal settlement with more than a thousand other refugees, surrounded by tomato, pepper and carrot fields in the fertile Bekaa Valley. The young girl is curious about everything and loves to learn, but she hasn't been able to go to school for most of the past two years. She dreams of studying and wants to become a paediatrician one day. But her father is sick and unemployed and cannot afford the monthly fee of US$20 for the bus to the nearest school. While her siblings work in the fields to make money, Aya stays behind to care for her sister Labiba, aged 11, who lives with disability. Her family says Aya is tough, but also has a very sunny disposition that rubs off on others.

Syria's Latest Grim Statistic: One Million Children in Exile

Through the Clouds to Germany: One Syrian Family's Journey

On Wednesday, Germany launched a humanitarian programme to provide temporary shelter and safety to up to 5,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. A first group of 107 flew to Hanover in the northern city of Hanover. They will attend cultural orientation courses to prepare them for life over the next two years in Germany, where they will be able to work, study and access basic services. Among the group are Ahmad and his family, including a son who is deaf and needs constant care that was not available in Lebanon. The family fled from Syria in late 2012 after life became too dangerous and too costly in the city of Aleppo, where Ahmad sold car spare parts. Photographer Elena Dorfman followed the family in Beirut as they prepared to depart for the airport and their journey to Germany.

Through the Clouds to Germany: One Syrian Family's Journey

Forced to grow up too soon in Lebanon: Mahmoud

Mahmoud,15, hasn't been to school in 3 years. In his native Syria, his parents were afraid to send him because of the civil war. They ended up fleeing a year ago when, in the early morning hours, a bomb fell on a nearby house. The family, still groggy from being jolted awake, grabbed what they could and fled to Lebanon. Their home and the local school have since been destroyed.

In Lebanon, Mahmoud's father is unable to find work and now the family can barely afford rent.

A month ago, Mahmoud started working for tips cleaning fish at a small shop next to his home. He makes about $60 USD a month. With this money he helps pay rent on his family's tiny underground room, shared between his parents and eight brothers and sisters. Mahmoud is proud to help his family but with the fish shop located in the same subterranean structure as his home, he barely goes out into the sunshine.

Children like Mahmoud, some as young as seven, often work long hours for little pay, and in some cases in dangerous conditions. These children forfeit their future by missing out on an education and the carefree years of childhood. Many are also traumatized by what they witnessed back in Syria.

UNHCR and its partners together with local governments are providing financial assistance to help vulnerable Syrian refugee families cover expenses like rent and medical care, which means there is less need to pull children out of school and put them to work. UN agencies and their partners have also established case management and referral systems in Jordan and Lebanon to identify children at risk and refer them to the appropriate services.

Forced to grow up too soon in Lebanon: Mahmoud

Lebanese Town Opens its Doors to Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees

Fresh fighting in Syria has driven thousands of refugees across the border into eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley over the past week. An estimated 6,000 people were forced from their homes by the fighting around Qarah and the Qalamoun region of western Syria. The desperate civilians crossed the mountains and made their way to the town of Arsal in Lebanon. Most of the refugees were already internally displaced in Syria, some as many as half a dozen times, before finally being forced out of the country. Some 80 per cent of the new arrivals were originally from the Syrian city of Homs. The refugees are arriving in a desolate and impoverished part of Lebanon that has seen its peacetime population grow by 50 per cent since the Syria crisis began in March 2011. Harsh early winter conditions are making matters worse. UNHCR and its partners have found temporary shelter in Arsal for the new arrivals in a wedding hall and a mosque. They are handing out blankets, food packages as well as kitchen and hygiene sets. A new transit site is also being built until better shelter can be found elsewhere in the country. The following images were taken in Arsal by Marc Hofer.

Lebanese Town Opens its Doors to Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees

A Face in a Million: the Struggle of Syria's Refugees in Lebanon

They are everywhere in Lebanon - 1 million Syrian refugees, in a land of 4.8 million people. There are no refugee camps in Lebanon. Instead, most rent apartments and others live in makeshift shelters and in garages, factories and prisons. Three years after the Syria crisis began, Lebanon has become the country with the highest concentration per capita of refugees in the world. It's struggling to keep pace with the influx. Rents have spiked, accommodation is scarce; food prices are rising. Meanwhile, a generation could be lost. Half of Syria's refugees are children; most don't go to school. Instead many of them work to help their families survive. Some marry early, others must beg to make a bit of money. Yet they share the same dream of getting an education.

In the northern city of Tripoli, many of the Syrians live in Al Tanak district, dubbed "Tin City." Long home to poor locals, it is now a surreal suburb - garbage piled to one side, a Ferris wheel on the other. The inhabitants share their dwellings with rats. "They're as big as cats," said one. "They're not scared of us, we're scared of them."

Award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario visited Tin City and other areas of Lebanon with UNHCR to show the faces and suffering of Syrians to the world. Addario, in publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic, has highlighted the victims of conflict and rights abuse around the world, particularly women.

A Face in a Million: the Struggle of Syria's Refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon: Rush to ArsalPlay video

Lebanon: Rush to Arsal

The bombardment of the Syrian city of Yabroud has driven thousands of refugees across the mountains into the Lebanese town of Arsal. UNHCR and its partners, including Lebanese NGOs, are working to find shelter for the newly arrived.

Lebanon: Turning 100Play video

Lebanon: Turning 100

Syrian refugee Halloum will mark her 100th birthday this year. There's not much to celebrate in exile, as war continues to tear apart her homeland. She looks back on her life in happier times and as a refugee in Lebanon and tells of the challenges facing older people in exile.

Lebanon: Out in the ColdPlay video

Lebanon: Out in the Cold

Syrian refugees living in makeshift shelters exposed to the cold are helped by UNHCR.

Lebanon: Delivering AidPlay video

Lebanon: Delivering Aid

As the worst of the winter storm Alexa cleared, UNHCR and its partners were able to resume aid deliveries to vulnerable Syrian refugee communities. Arsal is one of the highest towns in the Bekaa Valley, sitting at an altitude of over 1500 feet. It now has a refugee population of over 21,000 who recently fled fighting in Qalamoun region just across the border in Syria. Deliveries of vital aid items were received, including fuel vouchers, blankets, and sealing off kits.

Lebanon: Winter SnowstormPlay video

Lebanon: Winter Snowstorm

A massive snowstorm, dubbed Alexa, has brought freezing temperatures, fierce winds, rain and snow to the Middle East. Lebanon's Bekaa Valley has been hard hit, with hundreds of refugees struggling to stay warm and dry in their tents or makeshift shelters.

UNHCR: Syrian Refugee Children In CrisisPlay video

UNHCR: Syrian Refugee Children In Crisis

UNHCR launches a report highlighting the suffering of Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon and the immense challenges they face.

Syrian Refugees: Transit Camp in Arsal, LebanonPlay video

Syrian Refugees: Transit Camp in Arsal, Lebanon

Arsal, in north-east Lebanon, lies not far from the border area, is home to a population of some 60,000 people, including - already prior to the latest influx - 20,000 registered refugees. UNHCR, in conjunction with the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, is building a tent site to house the most vulnerable families, so far there are 50 tents and they hope to build more.

Syrian Refugees: Influx into Arsal, Lebanon.
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Syrian Refugees: Influx into Arsal, Lebanon.

In Syria, an estimated 6,000 people have fled their homes in Qarah, making their way over the border into eastern Lebanon. The spark for the displacement is the reported escalation of violence in Qarah and surrounding villages. Most of the newly arrived refugees are now in Arsal, in north-east Lebanon. Arsal, which lies not far from the border area, is home to a population of some 60,000 people, including - already prior to the latest influx - 20,000 registered refugees.

Syrian Refugees: Eid al Adha Celebrations In LebanonPlay video

Syrian Refugees: Eid al Adha Celebrations In Lebanon

For Eid al Adha festival, Talal is celebrated with his family in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. But the Islamic religious holiday is marked by sadness for Talal, who learns that a family member has been killed inside Syria.

Lebanon: Living Underground
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Lebanon: Living Underground

Lebanon is a small country that has been swamped by hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. There are no refugee camps, so finding a place to stay is difficult. Every available space is precious . . . even underground garages.

Lebanon: Syrian Refugees Leaving for Germany 
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Lebanon: Syrian Refugees Leaving for Germany

Ahmad is among a first group of 107 Syrian refugees offered temporary shelter by Germany under a special humanitarian programme. He and his family flew out from Lebanon today for Hanover. Ahmad welcomed the opportunity given by Germany.

Lebanon: Tent Settlement Living Play video

Lebanon: Tent Settlement Living

The UN refugee agency has been improving shelter and general conditions for Syrian refugees in the Lebanon with vital donations from the European Union and Kuwait.

Lebanon: Family FeastPlay video

Lebanon: Family Feast

For more than a year, Foddiyé has been hosting Syrian refugee families on her land in Lebanon. This year, she and her Syrian lodgers have been eating the Ramadan evening meal together as one family.

Lebanon: Guterres urges supportPlay video

Lebanon: Guterres urges support

On the first leg of his World Refugee Day visit to the region, the UN High Commissioner calls for support for Lebanon.
Syria Appeal: Billions NeededPlay video

Syria Appeal: Billions Needed

More than 100 humanitarian organizations, including the UN refugee agency, appeal for more than US$4 billion to help millions of Syrians.
Lebanon: Keep on PlayingPlay video

Lebanon: Keep on Playing

A Syrian refugee, once a national player, revives his dream of playing and coaching football.
Lebanon: A widow's welcomePlay video

Lebanon: A widow's welcome

A refugee family finds shelter, and the kindness of strangers, in Lebanon
Lebanon: Guterres Visits Syrian RefugeesPlay video

Lebanon: Guterres Visits Syrian Refugees

On the second anniversary of the Syrian conflict, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres highlights the challenges facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Living in ExilePlay video

Lebanon: Living in Exile

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are registering in increasing numbers, helping them to get vital assistance.
Lebanon: Desperately Seeking ShelterPlay video

Lebanon: Desperately Seeking Shelter

Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle to find affordable places to live.
Lebanon: Helping the RefugeesPlay video

Lebanon: Helping the Refugees

UNHCR and its partners works to help both Syrian refugees and the host communities who have taken them in.
Three Conflicts - Three CrisesPlay video

Three Conflicts - Three Crises

UNHCR says a multitude of new refugee crises in Africa and the Middle East are stretching its capacity to respond.
Lebanon: Bekaa Valley ShelterPlay video

Lebanon: Bekaa Valley Shelter

Refugees continue to flee to neighbouring countries to escape the bitter conflict in Syria. But in Lebanon space is an issue, especially in the Bekaa Valley.
Lebanon: Angelina Jolie Meets Syrian RefugeesPlay video

Lebanon: Angelina Jolie Meets Syrian Refugees

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and the refugee agency's chief, António Guterres, talk to Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Lebanon: Help for the RefugeesPlay video

Lebanon: Help for the Refugees

In northern Lebanon, Syrian refugees are given essential assistance by UNHCR and local communities.
Zeinab and ManalPlay video

Zeinab and Manal

Zeinab and Manal: "It is an obstacle to everything: marriage, work... everything."
Nansen Award Announcement 2008Play video

Nansen Award Announcement 2008

The UN refugee agency has announced the winner of the 2008 Nansen Refugee Award. The prestigious award goes to Chris Clark, the head of the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre in southern Lebanon, and his team of international and Lebanese mine clearers.
Nansen Refugee Award: Deminers Clear The Way Home In LebanonPlay video

Nansen Refugee Award: Deminers Clear The Way Home In Lebanon

The 2008 Nansen Refugee Award recognizes the heroic work of Lebanese and international deminers in clearing southern Lebanon of tens of thousands of cluster munitions and allowing uprooted civilians to return home.