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  The Refugees

 
Introduction

Refugees represent more than 10% of the total population of Lebanon, and are divided into two categories: Palestinian refugees covered by the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees), and non-Palestinian refugees covered by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

The UNRWA provides education, health, relief and social services to 376,472 Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, whose 210,715 live in 12 official camps.

2,672 refugees were recognized to be refugees by the UNHCR at the end of 2000, especially Iraqis and Sudanese people.

Lebanon did not ratify the main international instrument for the protection of refugees, the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) and its 1967 Protocol.