COVID-19 Pandemic Imposes Heavy Burden on Palestinian Refugees

COVID-19 Pandemic Imposes Heavy Burden on Palestinian Refugees

Photo: Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus March 11, 2015. (File photo)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation of Palestinian refugees around the world, with many being left without treatment and many others with no sources of income.

The health hazards and the economic impact of the crisis has been an immense challenge for refugees trying to start new lives away from home after they were forced out of their houses and shelters in conflict-stricken zones.

Eeven those who have managed to get daily wage jobs and were trying to make a living suffered a setback and their livelihoods were affected due to the lockdown measures imposed worldwide.

More than 6 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA live in 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps along with dozens of unrecognized camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Socioeconomic conditions in the camps are generally poor, with high population density, cramped living conditions and inadequate basic infrastructure such as roads and sewers.

Displacement, unemployment, inflation, protection and security risks are among the main concerns shared by Palestine refugee communities worldwide as several of them remain stranded at airports and host-countries, facing the risk of refoulement.

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