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.