Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

A vital tool of the humanitarian response to understand the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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UNICEF/ Lebanon2018/ Diego Ibarra Sanchez

Highlights

The Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) is a yearly study carried out by UNHCR, WFP, and UNICEF. It is a vital tool of the humanitarian response to understand the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The full report details a series of recommendations that will inform future humanitarian programming in Lebanon.

The 2018 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR) concludes that despite some improvements in some areas thanks to the extensive humanitarian response in the country, the situation of refugees remains precarious.

The report highlights that 69 percent of Syrian refugee families remain below the poverty line and that over half live below the survival minimum expenditure basket of USD 2.90 per day. To make up for economic shortcomings, over 90 percent of Syrian refugee households continue to apply a variety of negative coping strategies, especially those harmful to children. Food-related coping strategies range from eating cheaper food to spending days without eating.

While child labour continues to be an issue among Syrian refugee children and child marriage is increasing in prevalence, there is better news of school enrolments where numbers continue to rise.

The past twelve months have witnessed a marked deterioration in shelter conditions amongst Syrian refugee households and an increase in the number of refugees living in non-permanent structures.

“These findings are a reminder to all of us that the situation for children is becoming more delicate,” said Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF Representative.

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UNICEF, UNHCR, World Food Programme

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