The Needs and Challenges of Refugees Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

30 July 2o21

Following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30 January 2020, and causing negative repercussions on the economy, education, and health, indirectly affecting the political and social situations as well as affecting the country’s overall human rights situation; the pandemic had and continues to have negative social and economic repurcussions, specifically impacting marginalized and vulnerable groups. The suffering of these groups worsened with the economic crisis which lead to the collapse and noticeable economic decline in the local market, all of which impacted the lives of both Lebanese and refugees residents.

In April 2021, the Access Center for Human Rights (ACHR) team conducted a field research involving around 217 Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the situation of refugees across the country and to determine their difficulties amid this pandemic.

This field research demonstrates the level of awareness on the importance of the vaccine available against COVID-19 , the role of the Ministry of Public Health in providing awareness services and medical assistance like other residents of the country, and the discrimination to which refugees may be exposed. Additionally, it aims to highlight UNHCR’s working mechanisms and government and non-governmental institutions and offers a range of recommendations to all stakeholders, including the Lebanese authorities, UNHCR, Lebanese civil society organizations, the international community, and donors.

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