On 5 July, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published a report that points out to the fact that despite the significant progress that has been made in providing assistance for the Syrian refugees the number of migrants living in poverty continues to rise in host countries and access to basic services remains a critical challenge.
With the Syria conflict entering its sixth year, host governments and communities continue to bear a heavy political, economic, social and security burden. Public institutions are under extreme pressure to deliver basic services to an increasingly large number of vulnerable people, testing the limits of existing infrastructure.
Despite this progress, the report warns of growing poverty. It says that in Lebanon, the average debt held by refugee households has increased over the first quarter of 2016 and the number of people living below the poverty line has risen to 70 per cent compared to 50 per cent in 2014.