GAZA

GAZA REFUGEE CAMP PROFILES

CAMP

NUMBER OF
REGISTERED REFUGEES

Jabalia

107,590

Rafah

98,872

Beach

82,009

Nuseirat

62,117

Khan Younis

68,324

Bureij

31,360

Maghazi

23,981

Deir el-Balah

20,753

Total

494,296

 

 

The Gaza Strip is unique amongst UNRWA's five fields of operations as the majority of its population is refugees and over half of the refugees live in eight camps. Most of the people who fled to the Gaza Strip as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war were from Jaffa, towns and villages south of Jaffa, and from the Beersheva area in the Negev. In all, some 200,000 refugees came to Gaza, whose original inhabitants numbered only 80,000. Such an influx severely burdened this narrow strip of land; an area of only 360 square kilometers. Over three-quarters of the current estimated population of some 1.5 million are registered refugees; representing 22.42 per cent of all UNRWA registered Palestine refugees.

The refugee camps in the Gaza Strip have one of the highest population densities in the world. For example, over 82,009 refugees live in Beach camp whose area is less than one square kilometer. This high population density is reflected in the overcrowded UNRWA schools and classrooms. More than 22,449 new pupils registered in the Agency's schools for the year 2007/2008. In average, 81% of the camps houses are connected to sewers while total area of paved roads and alleys is 385,000m2 .

UNRWA Headquarters (Gaza) and the UNRWA Gaza Field Office are located in Gaza City. The Agency co-operates its humanitarian work with the Palestinian Authority, which was established in 1994.

  • Number of schools: 221
  • Student enrolment: 197,150
  • Number of primary health care facilities: 20
  • Annual medical and dental patient visits (1 Jan.08-31 Dec.08): 4,213,516
  • Refugees registered with UNRWA "special hardship" programme: 94,000
  • Number of community rehabilitation centers: 6
  • Number of women's programme centres: 10
  • Number of vocational and technical training centres: 2
  • Vocational and technical training places: 1276 (GTC), 170 (KYTC) Total (1446)
  • Number of microfinance and microenterprise loans awarded: 40,717
  • Cumulative value of loans awarded: $39,631,297

Figures as of 31 December 2008