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Roundtable Discussion and Internal Meetings for Implementing the Labour Force Survey Among Palestinian Refugees.

Funded by European Union

 As part of a broader project on “Improving Access to Employment and Social Protection for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon”, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in association with the ‘Committee for Employment of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon’ (CEP) organised on June 9, 2011 a roundtable discussion for implementing the ‘Labour Force Survey of Palestinians Living in Refugee Camps and Selected Gatherings in Lebanon’. The purpose of the meeting, which brought together a number of experts in the field, researchers and stakeholders concerned with Palestinian issues, was to thoroughly review and discuss the proposed methodology for implementing the Labour Force Survey - more particularly the sampling frame and the questionnaire already prepared by the ILO; as well as discussing the details of survey implementation and means of coordinating efforts with the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) in implementing their household living conditions survey planned to take place in September 2011.

As noted by the ILO Senior Consultant, Dr. Farhad Mehran, “the main objectives of the survey are: to obtain data on the size and characteristics of the Palestinian labour force living in Lebanon; to measure their labour market behaviour and analyse it within the overall context of the Lebanese labour market. The survey is also intended to provide the necessary information for advocacy purposes…”

The Labour Force Survey will be implemented by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The FAFO Institute for Applied International Studies will provide overall supervision and quality assurance to the implementation of the survey. Work on the survey was initiated, whereby pilot survey will be conducted in July to be followed by data collection, data entry and processing and the production of tabulation report between September and December of this year.

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