How many Palestinian refugees are there?

Published: April 30, 2021
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In 1948, over 750,000 Palestinian men, women and children were expelled from their homes and forced to live as refugees in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. 72 years later, the Palestinian refugee population has grown to more than 5 million.

Palestinians who experienced the Nakba in 1948 have since witnessed up to four successive generations endure even more displacement and poverty.

Today the Palestinian refugee crisis is the longest running refugee crisis in the world and the military occupation of Palestine is the longest in modern history. Gaza is ‘unliveable’ and trying not to be overwhelmed by the Coronavirus Pandemic, whilst the West Bank continues to be fragmented and suppressed. Palestinian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan are extra vulnerable due to poverty and socio-political disadvantage.

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