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Within the EU-funded project "Improving Access to Employment and Social Protection for Palestinian Refugees Living in Lebanon", the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut in partnership with the Committee for Employment of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (CEP) has implemented a labour force survey among Palestinian refugees in the camps and specific gatherings end of 2011. The field work and processing of data was undertaken by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics with technical support from FAFO Institute for Applied Studies (Norway). The aim of the survey is to provide reliable and up-to-date data on Palestinian employment in the country in order to empower advocacy efforts and to support evidence-based policy making for improved employment conditions for Palestinian refugees.

On April 05, 2012, the first of 3 projected targeted roundtable meetings - to discuss the results of the survey – was held at Le Commodore Hotel, targeting researchers, experts and academes. Following the participants recommendations to thoroughly work on the analysis of the data, it was agreed to postpone the holding the two roundtable meetings – targeting government representatives, international organizations, civil society organizations, and the donor community, and merge the two meetings into one.

Within this framework, a workshop was organized on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Dunes – Verdun. The workshop gathered government representatives, international organizations, civil society organizations and the donor community, and was intended to present and discuss the survey results. It aimed to have focused deliberations over the labour force data and suggest means for efficient utilization of this information in advocating for better employment conditions and improved legislations for the right to work of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Read the Press Release (English)
Consult the Agenda (English)
Executive Summary (English)
Executive Summary (Arabic)
Daily Star's "Palestinians working in exploitative conditions"
L’Orient-Le Jour's "Le dossier épineux de la main-d’œuvre palestinienne au Liban"

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