Created by UN member states to care for the world's refugees, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began work in 1951 and established its first office in Lebanon in 1964. For most of its five decades in Lebanon, UNHCR's operations were relatively modest, centered on helping a few thousand refugees and asylum seekers annually from elsewhere in the Middle East and from Africa. Then the crisis in neighboring Syria erupted in early 2011, initially sending tens of thousands and later hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across the border into Lebanon. Today, more than a million Syrians have sought safety in Lebanon, placing enormous pressure on the country and its people.
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12 September 2018
| Dataset date: February 29, 2016-February 29, 2016
This dataset updates: Never
List of active Informal Settlements hosting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.
Data as of: 29 February 2016
Data Source: Inter-agency mapping platform IAMP
Mapping Partners: MEDAIR, PU-AMI, CISP, Solidarites International, REACH
An Informal Settlement is defined as a settlement that was established in an unplanned and unmanaged manner, which means they are generally unrecognized. There may or may not be an informal or formal agreement between landlords and residents of the settlement.
The 2015 Lebanon Shelter Sector Strategy formally defines an Informal Settlement as: “Unofficial group of temporary residential structures, often comprising of plastic-sheeting and timber structures and can be of any size from one to several hundred tents. Informal Settlements may have some informal community-led management.”