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Source: International Labour Office (ILO)
3 April 2012

Strengthening Information and Access to Employment for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Project NumberLEB/09/02/CAN
DonorCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Unit ResponsibleRegional Office for Arab States


Palestinian refugees in Lebanon suffer from tight conditions, most evidently represented by the prevailing poverty. Several factors contribute to this precarious situation, with employment being the main issue. Legal restrictions imposed on Palestinian refugee employment constitute the basis of the employment issue, which in turn leads to aggravating economic and social conditions. A particular problem for Palestinians Refugees in Lebanon is that their status prohibits them from taking employment in skilled professions related to unions. These jobs require membership in professional associations, which is not given to foreigners. This difficult legal situation forces Palestinians to take whatever job is available, usually without any legal and security protection. As a result, Palestinian Refugees are facing a situation whereby they lack access to the formal labour market and consequently they are deprived of regular workers’ rights, such as social, health and retirement benefits.


The project aims to enhance employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Lebanese and Palestinian refugees’ workers. It focuses on:
Expected results

Upon completion of the project, the following results will be achieved:

For further information, please contact:
Gregor Schulz

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