Palestinian refugees are citizens of Mandatory Palestine , and their descendants, who fled or were expelled from their country over the course of the —49 Palestine war Palestinian exodus and the Six-Day War Palestinian exodus. The term originally referred to both Arabs and Jews whose normal place of residence had been in Mandatory Palestine but were displaced and lost their livelihoods as a result of the Palestine war. As of , more than 5. A Palestine refugee camp is "a plot of land placed at the disposal of UNRWA by the host government to accommodate Palestine refugees and to set up facilities to cater to their needs".
Palestinian Refugees in the Gaza Strip
The Gaza Strip is home to a population of approximately 1. For the last decade, the socioeconomic situation in Gaza has been in steady decline. Years of conflict and blockade have left 80 per cent of the population dependent on international assistance. The economy and its capacity to create jobs have been devastated, resulting in the impoverishment and de-development of a highly skilled and well-educated society. The average unemployment rate is well over 41 per cent — one of the highest in the world, according to the World Bank.
Born & bred without rights: Gaza Strip refugees in Jordan
Israel and Palestinian armed groups have agreed to a ceasefire, bringing an end to an day assault that has killed more than people. Since , Israel has waged four wars on the Palestinian territory, killing thousands of people, mostly civilians. This has affected water and sanitation facilities across the strip, leaving at least , people without access to drinking water. Gaza has a population of about 2.
Seventy-three years after more than , Palestinians became refugees following the Arab-Israeli conflict, the loss of their homeland and dispossession of their property continues. At the same time, eight Palestine refugee families who have lived for decades in in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, within the occupied Palestinian territory, continue to face imminent forced eviction , placing them at higher risk of forced transfer. For the last 73 years, Palestine refugees have remained a scattered people, further displaced by conflicts, blockaded and living under occupation, deprived of rights and fervently longing for a resolution of their exile and dispossession. Neither the imminent forced evictions of the Sheikh Jarrah residents nor the ongoing airstrikes on Gaza—one of the most densely populated areas on earth—are isolated incidents.