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Cash for winterization for Syrian refugees in Mount Lebanon, Beqaa valley Beirut and host population

The significant population increase in Lebanon noted since 2011 is the result of an influx of Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees from Syria and Lebanese nationals previously living in Syria. The more than 20 per cent increase in the country's population over five years is exerting enormous pressure on its infrastructure, healthcare and education systems; electricity and water supplies and on other public services, as well as on the country’s real estate market. In 2015, the number of refugees was between 1.1 million and 1.2 million, which led to a lot of changes in the country, especially in the market for the cheapest and lowest-standard real estate. Despite the construction of thousands of new flats, the prices of the lowest-standard flats remain higher than they were before the outbreak of the crisis.

The vast majority of refugees continue to fall into abject poverty, as their income sources are shrinking, while the cost of living in Lebanon is much higher than in Syria.

The Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East has entered a phase of constant structural underfunding. Refugees find themselves in mountainous regions, where temperatures fall below zero degrees Celsius. In order to heat their shelter, the Syrian refugees are often forced to spend more than the Lebanese. This is due to the fact that the premises they are renting were not built for residential use (e.g. garages, basements and outbuildings). As a result, these are more difficult to heat, thus making assistance in this area indispensable.

Cash for winterization for Syrian refugees in Mount Lebanon, Beqaa valley Beirut and host population

The project provided for the implementation of measures in coordination with the UNHCR and is consistent with the UNHCR's strategy of phasing out in-kind support in favour of direct financial assistance. The aim of the project was to support Syrian refugees and impoverished Lebanese families through targeted allowances earmarked for preparations for winter conditions. The beneficiaries included a total of 951 families (4,300 people: around 3,000 refugees and 1,300 of the poorest from among the local population). The Polish Center for International Aid planned to pay out special-purpose winter preparation allowances in three monthly instalments: in October, November and December.