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UNFPA Response to the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon

There are no camps in Lebanon and most Syrian refugees have settled in the poorest parts of the country, in districts like Akkar in the North and Baalbek or Hermel in the Bekaa. The North Governorate is home to 40% of Lebanon’s poor, with more than half the people living under US$4 a day. Although 60% of refugees are now renting their own homes, still their presence in more than 1000 villages across the country has depleted government-provided supplies in pharmacies, increased competition for jobs, raised the price of housing, and, in some cases, more than doubled the population of the town or village. Assisting poor Lebanese hosts is key in defusing tensions building between refugees and host communities.