Announcement of Release: SURVEY of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons 2003

Announcement of Release:
SURVEY of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons 2003

For Immediate Release

No. (E/26/05) 15 September 2005

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SURVEY of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons 2003

English, 218 pages
ISSN 1728-1679
by: BADIL Resource Center
Terry Rempel, Nihad Boqai, editors

The annual BADIL Survey provides an overview of one of the largest and longest standing unresolved refugee and displaced populations in the world today. In 2003, it was estimated that two in five refugees were Palestinian. The number of Palestinians made refugees or internally displaced persons in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948, including their descendants, was approximately 7.5 million.


The 2003 Survey examines the status of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons on a thematic basis. Chapter one provides a short historical background to the root causes of Palestinian mass displacement.

Chapter two examines the demographic characteristics of the Palestinian refugee and displaced population. The third chapter provides a basic overview of the living conditions of Palestinian refugees and displaced. The fourth and fifth chapters examine international assistance and protection. The sixth and final chapter provides an overview of the framework for durable solutions. Each chapter includes basic background information and highlights
for the previous year. The Survey also provides a list of recommendations concerning implementation of the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons in the context of a just and comprehensive solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

This annual Survey endeavors to address the lack of information or misinformation about Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons, and encounter unconstructive political arguments that suggest that the issue of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons can be resolved outside the realm of international law and practice applicable to all other refugee and displaced populations.

Information presented in the Survey was compiled from a variety of published and unpublished sources and represents the most recent information available to BADIL at the time of publication.

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