The registration of Syrian refugees continued in line with projected trends. 49,295 Syrian refugees registered during the month and more than 67,000 requested new appointments. The total registered population was 945,922 at the end of March (220,140 HH), with the highest concentration in Bekaa Governorate (34%). Overall, children (25.7% G, 26.9% B) and women (26.2%) remain the overwhelming majority and almost 28% of the registered families were headed by a woman. The monthly number of recorded Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) slightly decreased. There are currently 52,848 PRS recorded with UNRWA in Lebanon.
To cover the need for legal assistance, especially civil documentation and other family/ civil issues, activities in this area have progressively increased (up 38% from February). In March, legal partners provided 3,154 individual legal consultations across the country, largely to Syrian refugees (87%) and to PRS. These activities included consultations in detention facilities. In addition, legal partners reached out to almost 10,700 individuals (58.5%F, 91% Syrian refugees) providing legal awareness sessions, largely to improve knowledge on obtaining birth and marriage certificates.
In March, almost 1,600 individuals (Syrian refugees, PRS, returnees and affected Lebanese), from both genders and all ages were consulted through protection monitoring missions conducted by selected sector partners countrywide. Monitoring visits aimed at assessing and analyzing protection trends, and regularly contributed to detect vulnerable cases for referrals. Based on reporting partners’ inputs, more than 12,700 individuals (55%F) were targeted by community-based activities, principally group information sessions to increase awareness on available services and assistance. Referral and targeted support for categories of persons with specific needs continued to be provided. Based on the available reports, more than 1,300 persons with disabilities received specialized assistance from the beginning of the year.