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UNHCR Lebanon Institutional and Community Support Update March 2014

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As the Syrian crisis extends, the pressures on Lebanon mount. A 2013 assessment of the impact of the crisis on Lebanon undertaken by the World Bank concluded that the Syrian conflict has cost Lebanon billions of dollars in lost economic activity for the period 2012-14. The refugee influx has placed increased pressure on already fragile electricity, water, sanitation, transport, health and education sectors throughout the country. With more people in the labour market, wages are dropping and unemployment rates of Lebanese reportedly rise. In some towns the refugee population outnumbers the resident Lebanese.