The Social Stability Context in the Nabatieh & Bint Jbeil Qazas
Five years of conflict in Syria have resulted in a massive influx of refugees into Lebanon placing an enormous pressure on the country and its people. Hosting a large, increasingly poor, refugee community has continued to test the limits of infrastructure and public services that were already fragile before the crisis.
Lebanon currently hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, with approximately 1.1 million Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR (representing over 25 percent of the Lebanese population). The spillover effects of the Syrian conflict are not only impacting Lebanon’s economy
with cumulative losses estimated at 7.5b USD by end-2014 according to the World Bank, but are also challenging the entire country’s socio-economic infrastructure and institutional stability.