Last Thursday, 21/12/2017 new data released about the number of Palestinians in Lebanon.
The survey, counted 174,422 people living in Lebanon’s 12 official Palestinian camps and 156 locations.
The census was conducted by the Lebanese Central Administration of Statistics and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics under the umbrella of the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee, a group formed by the Lebanese government to study and propose policies related to the Palestinian populationLebanon’s first-ever official census of Palestinian refugees, released on Thursday, revealed that the figure is less than half that previously estimated,.
Previously, the official estimate of Palestinian refugees was through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which has about 450,000 Palestinians currently registered with it in Lebanon.
Lebanon has not conducted a countrywide census of its own population since 1932 – largely for political reasons for fear of upsetting the delicate political balance between the country’s religious sects
.Middleeasteye.net published that UNRWA spokeswoman Huda Samra said UNRWA was not surprised to see that the number counted is dramatically lower than the number registered with the agency, given that a headcount has never been conducted.
Samra told MEE that UNRWA welcomed the census and will be able to better plan its programmes with the “updated and accurate information”.
UNRWA is responsible for providing education, healthcare and a range of other services to Palestinian refugees. “Now we will have scientific data in hand,” when planning those programmes, Samra said.