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Source: International Labour Office (ILO)
3 April 2012

Improving access to employment and social protection for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Project NumberLEB/10/02/EEC
DonorEuropean Union
SectorEmployment and Social Protection
Unit ResponsibleRegional Office for Arab States


Palestinian refugees registered in Lebanon have limited social and economic rights. Through a recent legislative change in August 2010, Palestinians can now obtain a work permit in order to access employment opportunities. Despite this positive move it will take a lot of effort to break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and insecurity among the Palestinian refugee population. Therefore, one of the main challenges in bringing a necessary policy change in the Palestinian access to social and economic rights in Lebanon is the lack of reliable and objective data on the issue.


This project aims to strengthen the employability and social protection for Palestinian Refugees living in Lebanon. It focuses on:

Expected results

Upon completion of the project, the following results will be achieved: Standardised data on Palestinians working in Lebanon comparable to Lebanese and other labour markets is available to improve the public discourse on right to work.

For further information, please contact:

Sawsan Masri

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