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...[L]abor participation among the over 1 million UNHCR-registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon is outright bad. According to 2017’s Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), the ILO projected the size of the Syrian labor force in Lebanon at 384,000, and estimated that 36 percent were unemployed. The LCRP document also gives ILO figures showing that only 4 percent of Syrian workers reported to be working in Lebanon are skilled workers. Most Syrian refugee workers are employed in three sectors: agriculture (24 percent), services (27 percent), and construction (12 percent)... [T]he Lebanese economy is not generating enough jobs to absorb Lebanese workers into the labor force, not to mention Syrian refugees... [C]ompetition between Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees for jobs that would classify a laborer as underemployed (being below their level of education or trade skill, for example) has exacerbated the labor market’s shortcomings, diminished earnings and household spending power, and has put relations between Lebanese and refugees on edge... Human Rights Watch researcher Bassam Khawaja told Executive in a November 2017 interview that nearly 70 percent of [Syrian refugees live] below the poverty line only $3.84 per day, and that while data is limited, “all the assessments are that things are getting worse instead of better”... 

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