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Nearly 10 years into the Syrian crisis, neighbouring Lebanon continues to host the highest number of refugees per capita of any country in the world. Today, a full quarter of the country’s population is comprised of refugees, with an estimated 1.5 million (both registered and unregistered) Syrian refugees living in the country. Needless to say, this has had a profound humanitarian and socio-economic impact on the country and its people, and has placed an acute strain on domestic infrastructure and resources. Recent years have seen a persistent rise in poverty and unemployment across Lebanon, meaning both refugee populations and their host communities are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable and in need of humanitarian assistance.
DRC has been delivering humanitarian programming in response to various crises in Lebanon since 2004, working with Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as internally displaced Lebanese affected by the 2006 war, migrant domestic workers, and vulnerable Lebanese host communities. Since 2011, DRC has focused primarily on responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. DRC Lebanon’s primary focus today is to improve the living conditions of displacement-affected populations and contribute to the achievement of durable solutions for them.
To that end, DRC implements a multi-sectorial humanitarian response in Lebanon and is present across the country, particularly in vulnerable areas that are home to the highest concentrations of Syrian refugees. These areas include North Lebanon, Akkar Governorate, Central, West and North Bekaa, as well as Saida, South Lebanon in conjunction with a local partner. DRC’s response includes protection services such as psychosocial support and legal counselling, economic recovery programming including skills training and career counselling and advocating for the rights of refugees with the Lebanese government and civil society.