3 quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live under poverty line: UNHCR

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-28 20:18:45|Editor: Wu Qin
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BEIRUT, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Lisa Abou Khaled said that three quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live under the poverty line, Asharq al-Awsat local newspaper reported on Sunday.

"Three quarters of Syrian refugees live under the poverty line in Lebanon while 51 percent of them live under extreme poverty line, which is less than 3 U.S. dollars per day," Abou Khaled said.

Abou Khaled added that less than half of these people receive food support valued at 27 dollars for each family member per month while 19 percent get another financial support of 175 dollars monthly for the whole family.

Abou Khaled noted that most Syrians in Lebanon borrow money to be able to cover their needs, including housing, food and medication.

More than 1 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon, while the Lebanese government estimated the true number of Syrians in the country at 1.5 million.

Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced earlier this month that the number of Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon is no less than 1.6 million even after the return of 318,000 to their homeland.