Population: 6.8 Million
Development Context: Refugee population, urban, high density
Refugee Population: 1.5 Million (Syrian)
475,075 (Palestinian, UNRWA)
18,000 (Iraqi, Sudanese and other)


  • Lebanon is the refugee-hosting country with the largest number of refugees per capita.[1]
  • More than 25 percent of Lebanese citizens live in poverty (urban poverty stands as low as 16%, rural poverty reaches 36%).[2]
  • 4% of Lebanon’s total resident population is youth (aged 15-29).
  • 24% of these youth are Syrian, 5% are Palestinian and the remaining 71% are Lebanese or of other nationalities.[3]


Key Issues

  • Lebanon’s public finances, service delivery, and the environment are strained by the effect of the Syrian refugee crisis, where 1.5 million Syrians, about a quarter of the Lebanese population, have taken refuge in Lebanon since the conflict erupted in March 2011. [4]

UMR Response

  • UMR Lebanon applies a holistic approach to address the regional refugee crisis in the whole of the Middle East. Our objective is to alleviate poverty for refugees and host communities so that they are able to live with dignity and to be resilient/self-reliant.
  • As such, our cross-cutting seasonal programs aim to shoulder the burden of the Lebanese government as a refugee-host country.
[1] http://reporting.unhcr.org/sites/default/files/UNHCR%20Lebanon%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20February%202019.pdf
[2] https://borgenproject.org/top-10-crucial-to-know-facts-about-poverty-in-lebanon/
[4] https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/lebanon/overview

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