Migration, Mobility and Circulation

WASH Assessment of Syrian Refugee Households in Akkar Governorate

As the Syrian Crisis enters its fourth year, numerous water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs remain to be filled among Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, who now number more than 1.1 million. Needs may be greatest in regions such as Akkar Governorate in northern Lebanon, which now hosts more than 110,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR, a figure somewhere between one quarter to one third of the Governorate’s population (according to Lebanese population estimates).

Regional Strategic Overview: Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) 2018-2019

The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest refugee crisis in the world. Over 5.3 million Syrians are registered as refugees in neighbouring countries as of 1 December 2017. Despite the exceptional generosity demonstrated by host countries, host communities, and donors, most Syrian refugee families across the region continue to lack the necessary resources to meet their basic needs.

Refugees at Home: A Livelihoods Assessment of Lebanese Returnees from Syria

Over three years after it began, the Syria crisis continues to weigh extremely heavily upon Lebanon. Around a quarter of its population is now made up of refugees, whose needs remain dire even as the resources available to address them appear to be shrinking. The socio-economic impact of the crisis has affected the country as whole – particularly the deprived communities that host the majority of those displaced. Prices have risen, labor markets are saturated and public service providers overstretched.

VASYR 2017: Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) is the fifth annual survey assessing the situation of a representative sample of registered Syrian refugee households to identify situational changes and trends. With over one million registered refugees within its borders, Lebanon hosts the second-largest population of Syrian refugees in the region, and the highest per capita population of refugees in the world. Since the first assessment in 2013, the VASyR has been an essential tool for partnership and for shaping planning decisions and programme design.

Justice for Stability: Addressing the Impact of Mass Displacement on Lebanon’s Justice System

This policy brief outlines options for strengthening rule of law in Lebanon to improve access to justice for both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees. It discusses stopgap measures for the temporary stay of Syrian refugees in the country and highlights opportunities for long-term reform of the justice system. The brief provides recommendations to key actors on actions to reduce the unsustainable pressure on the Lebanese justice system and to ensure protection of the displaced population.

Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon

This report presents findings from a survey conducted from 3-11 July, 2017 with three distinct refugee groups in Lebanon: Syrian refugees; Palestine refugees from Syria; and Palestine refugees from Lebanon. This is the third round of data collection looking at refugee perceptions of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon under the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP). The first survey was conducted in March 2017, followed by focus group discussions in May 2017, delving deeper into issues surfaced in the survey.

Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020

For the last six years, Lebanon has been at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Despite increasing economic, social, demographic, political, and security challenges, Lebanon has shown exceptional commitment and solidarity and has welcomed around 1.5 million refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Lebanese communities have opened their schools, their clinics and even their homes to hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled their country and in many cases lost everything.

Policy Paper on Reforming the “Sponsorship System” for Migrant Domestic Workers: Towards an Alternative Governance Scheme in Lebanon

In recent years, the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in Lebanon and in other countries in the region has been identified as a core problem leading to the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers. Previous studies published by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation have argued that “sponsorship” is one root cause for migrant domestic workers’ vulnerability to forced labor, physical and sexual abuse, as well as trafficking.


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