Past eventResearch Event

Working Unprotected: Contributions of Palestinian Refugees to the Lebanese Economy

22 June 2009 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Leila el-Ali, Director of Association Najdeh, Lebanon
Chair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, now numbering over 400,000, live in the worst conditions in the Middle East, with the highest rate of hardship cases registered with UNRWA in their fields of operation. The discriminatory policies in Lebanon restricting Palestinian refugees' right to work have for decades contributed to increasingly high levels of poverty and exacerbated an already difficult socio-economic situation.

Leila el-Ali will discuss the findings of a new report by Association Najdeh on the contribution of Palestinian refugees to the Lebanese economy. Notably, the report shows that Palestinian refugees, now comprising 10 percent of the total population of Lebanon, have contributed positively to the Lebanese economy over the six decades they have been hosted there.

Association Najdeh is a Christian Aid partner in Lebanon and works in and around the Palestinian refugee camps.