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SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON SUFFER DEEPER POVERTY IN 2017: U.N. REPORT

BEIRUT, Lebanon- More than half of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty, and over three-quarters, below the poverty line, according to the findings of a recent UN study.

The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), an annual study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP), reveals that, 58 percent of the households are living in extreme poverty, with a daily income of fewer than 2.87 U.S. dollars per person. The figure in 2016 was 53 percent.

In addition, monthly spending for the refugees stands at only 98 dollars, 44 dollars of which are spent on food.

“Syrian refugees in Lebanon are barely keeping afloat,” said Mireille Girard, UNHCR’s Lebanon representative.

“Most families are extremely vulnerable and dependent on aid from the international community. Without continued support, their situation would be even more harrowing, especially in winter, when their struggle is exacerbated by the harsh weather conditions,” she added.

Meanwhile, food insecurity remains critically high, with 91 percent of households affected to some degree, as the majority of households have cut spending on food by 79 percent, or bought food on credit (77 percent).

But “the food insecurity situation has stabilised, reflecting the positive impact that cash-based food assistance has on the most vulnerable refugee households,” said WFP’s Country Director, Dominik Heinrich.

“What we find deeply worrying is the rising poverty, since it directly impacts children’s possibility of exercising their basic right to education,” said Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF’s representative in Lebanon.

The 2017 VASyR is the fifth survey of its kind, with researchers having visited some 5,000 refugee families randomly, selected from 26 districts across Lebanon.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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BEIRUT, Lebanon- More than half of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty, and over three-quarters, below the poverty line, according to the findings of a recent UN study.The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), an annual study by the United Nations High Commissioner...

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SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON SUFFER DEEPER POVERTY IN 2017: U.N. REPORT

BEIRUT, Lebanon- More than half of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty, and over three-quarters, below the poverty line, according to the findings of a recent UN study.

The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), an annual study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP), reveals that, 58 percent of the households are living in extreme poverty, with a daily income of fewer than 2.87 U.S. dollars per person. The figure in 2016 was 53 percent.

In addition, monthly spending for the refugees stands at only 98 dollars, 44 dollars of which are spent on food.

“Syrian refugees in Lebanon are barely keeping afloat,” said Mireille Girard, UNHCR’s Lebanon representative.

“Most families are extremely vulnerable and dependent on aid from the international community. Without continued support, their situation would be even more harrowing, especially in winter, when their struggle is exacerbated by the harsh weather conditions,” she added.

Meanwhile, food insecurity remains critically high, with 91 percent of households affected to some degree, as the majority of households have cut spending on food by 79 percent, or bought food on credit (77 percent).

But “the food insecurity situation has stabilised, reflecting the positive impact that cash-based food assistance has on the most vulnerable refugee households,” said WFP’s Country Director, Dominik Heinrich.

“What we find deeply worrying is the rising poverty, since it directly impacts children’s possibility of exercising their basic right to education,” said Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF’s representative in Lebanon.

The 2017 VASyR is the fifth survey of its kind, with researchers having visited some 5,000 refugee families randomly, selected from 26 districts across Lebanon.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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BEIRUT, Lebanon- More than half of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty, and over three-quarters, below the poverty line, according to the findings of a recent UN study.The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), an annual study by the United Nations High Commissioner...

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