BADIL’s 7th installment of its Survey builds on a decade of research on Palestinian refugees worldwide, especially in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mandate Palestine. The Survey is a distillation of secondary and primary research of use to practitioners, scholars and activists concerned with refugee and IDP rights. Newly included, is a chapter (Chapter Three) of data from an original opinion poll of refugee camp residents regarding humanitarian services they receive.
In 2005, there were appoximately 6.8 million Palestinian refugees and 400,000 internally displaced Palestinians representing 70 percent of the entire Palestinian population worldwide (9.7 million). The legal status of some 400,000 additional Palestinians is unclear, but they too are likely to be refugees. Palestinian refugees represent the longest protracted refugee situation worldwide.
The annual BADIL Survey provides an overview of one of the largest and longest standing unresolved refugee and displaced populations in the world today. In 2003, it was estimated that two in five refugees were Palestinian. The number of Palestinians made refugees or internally displaced persons in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948, including their descendants, was approximately 7.5 million.
Each chapter includes basic background information and highlights for the previous year. Chapter one provides a short historical background to the ROOT CAUSES and scope of Palestinian mass displacement. Chapter two examines the DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS of the Palestinian refugee and displaced population. The third chapter examines the LEGAL STATUS of Palestinian refugees and displaced under international, regional, and domestic instruments. Chapter four provides background information on the SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons.