Camp Profiles

Camp Profiles

In the sections below, we take a look at how life is like in Palestinian refugee camps. Over 1.5 million Palestinians – one third of the registered Palestine refugees – live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Unfortunately, lack of appropriate funding means that most of these camps are little more than shanty towns, with rampant squalor.

Rashidieh Refugee Camp, Lebanon

Camp lies on the coast, 5km of Tyre and is divided into “old” and “new” sections. Older part built by French government in 1936 to house Armenian refugees who fled Lebanon. The “new camp” was [...]

Burj El Shemali Refugee Camp, Lebanon

Located 3km east of Tyre. It was established to provide shelter for refugees from Hawla and Tiberias, northern Palestine, in 1948. Camp also houses displaced Palestinians from other parts of Lebanon. UNRWA began providing services [...]

El Buss Refugee Camp, Lebanon

Located 1.5km south of Tyre. The French government originally built the camp in 1939 for Armenian refugees. Palestinians from the Acre in the Galilee came to the camp in the 1950s and the Armenians moved [...]