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Launching of the Field Work for the "Labour Force Survey of Palestinians Living in Refugee Camps and Selected Gatherings in Lebanon"

Funded by European Union

On September 22, 2011 the International Labour Organization together with the Palestinian Central Bureau for Statistics launched the field work and data collection for the Labour Force Survey. The survey will cover a total sample of around 2,600 - 2,800 Palestinian households representing all Palestinian camps and specific gatherings all around the country. The survey is implemented under an EU funded project titled "Improving Access to Employment and Social Protection for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon" (implemented in partnership with the Committee for the Employment of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon - CEP). It will provide, for the first time in the country, a set of reliable, objective and statistical data on Palestinian employment in Lebanon.

It is worthy to note that the survey implementation has been synchronized with the implementation of a national survey on the Living Conditions of Households undertaken by the Central Administration for Statistics during the same period, a coordination that will ensure comparability of employment data between the Palestinians and the Lebanese. Preliminary results of the Labour force survey are expected to be released by December 2011; whereas the analytical report should be launched early 2012.

The survey data will be utilized to build solid arguments and advocate for legislative changes and policy reforms towards increased right to work and to social protection for Palestinian Refugees in the country.

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