Survey on the livelihoods of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Publication date: 21 November 2013
Author: Beirut Research and Information Center

There are an estimated one million refugees from Syria living in Lebanon, with more arriving every day. As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, it is increasingly likely that many will remain in Lebanon for many months, if not years, to come.

The Beirut Research and Innovation Center was commissioned by Oxfam to survey 260 households, representing 1591 individuals, about their living conditions, sources of income and expenditure patterns, coping mechanisms and perceptions of life in Lebanon. The survey shows that many families are spiralling deeper into debt, living in cramped conditions, with few job prospects and dwindling hope for the future.

Key recommendations of respondents

  • More efficient and transparent criteria for the distribution of resources
  • Create development projects addressing marginalized communities to help rebuild trust in the state
  • Establish camps or ensure a housing solution for refugees
  • Insuring proper distribution of aid
  • Improve security