a video introduction to unrwa

Palestine refugees began their long journey in 1948.

Since the Arab-Israeli conflict, they have endured multiple displacements, repeated violence, occupation and blockade.

what unrwa does


Through these hardships, UNRWA has been there to provide Palestine refugees with critical education, healthcare, micro-finance, relief and social services, and emergency assistance. Today:

  • UNRWA teaches 500,698 children in the largest and one of the highest achieving school systems in the region.
  • UNRWA operates 143 primary health facilities, with over 9 million annual patient visits.
  • UNRWA feeds more than 1 million refugees through its food assistance program. 
  • UNRWA empowers over 7,200 men and women each year at 8 vocational and technical training centers. 
  • UNRWA has awarded over $440.4 million in microfinance loans to Palestine refugees.


where unrwa works

UNRWA delivers direct humanitarian aid and human development to over 5 million Palestinian refugees registered with the Agency and living in its 5 fields of operation: the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Of these 5 million refugees, over 1.4 million live in 58 recognized refugee camps.

UNRWA provides basic services within the camps, which are often inaccessible to Palestinian refugees because of remoteness from urban centers, financial hardship, restrictions on movement, and legal restrictions by host countries.

UNRWA believes that all people have a right to a life of dignity, freedom, and hope. Their services help to uphold Palestine refugees’ rights to an education, healthcare, shelter, and protection.

report: unrwa in figures, 2015

UNRWA in Figures provides general information on number of Palestine refugees, camps, UNRWA beneficiaries and funding situation. 

Figures are accurate as of 1 January 2015. Not an official document.