24 November 2012: In 2012, the Syria crisis caused more than 200,000 Syrian people to take refuge in Lebanon. The majority of the refugees fled to the northern border regions and the Bekaa Valley. These regions are among the poorest in Lebanon.
Since the Lebanese Government has not established refugee camps, the majority of the Syrian refugees live with Lebanese host communities. The high number of Syrian refugees has increased unemployment and urban poverty in these regions.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of $1 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). UNRWA will provide cash and health assistance to the refugees.
The allocation is expected to benefit 100,000 people.