DRC LIVELIHOOD ASSESSMENT
As a result of the unrest in Syria, the Akkar Region in northern Lebanon has hosted several thousand displaced Syrians since May 2011. While the numbers have fluctuated per month, UNHCR reports that in February 2012 there were 6,916 registered displaced Syrians in northern Lebanon.1 They entered the Akkar area both legally and illegally, giving some the right to move freely and restricting others to the area of Wadi Khaled. Displaced families often live with host communities, but others rent accommodation, occupy abandoned spaces, or are housed in collective shelters (rehabilitated by DRC/UNHCR). DRC Lebanon conducted a livelihood assessment 6-10 February 2012 as follow-up to an initial livelihood assessment (November 2011) and to offer preliminary analysis of the livelihood survey administered to all 1,192 households registered during its January 2012 distribution. The 5 geographic areas surveyed were Tripoli, Halba, Birreh, Akroum, and Wadi Khaled. Due to time constraints, this report contains qualitative analysis of general livelihood trends per area of displacement from 42% of the findings. DRC plans to enter and analyse the full dataset quantitatively in March 2012.