Consecutive refugee crises since the early-2000’s in the Arab region have forced hard lessons about the impacts of mass displacement on political and economic stability. Few countries have felt the impacts of these refugee crises more than Lebanon, where approximately 1.5 million Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees presently live and account for nearly 25 percent of the resident population. Refugee communities in Lebanon experience varying degrees of precarity and deprivation, which has dramatic impacts on their physical and mental wellbeing. Of the refugee population, the 450,000 Palestinians registered with United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) constitute the country’s longest-standing Diaspora community, having resided in the country for as many as six decades.
In an effort to further understand the impacts of protracted displacement, researchers from the American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences, Graduate Public Health Program conducted a study to explore the relationship between socioeconomic deprivation and health among Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.Friday Letter Submission