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The countries neighboring the Syrian Arab Republic are the largest refugee host-states.By 2015, one in every four individuals in Lebanon was a Syrian refugee as per the ILO (2015) and the UNHCR (2015).Nevertheless, since the 2011 Syrian refugee crisis, the unemployment rate in Lebanon soared and this was largely fueled by an oversized influx of Syrian refugees who began to compete on jobs available for nationals in the market.The Syrian workforce totals 384,000 persons and may have dis-employed 270,000 Lebanese.More importantly, extrapolations from collaborative works between the government of Lebanon and UN bodies (like the Lebanon Crisis response Plan or LCRP 2017-20) reveal that the active displaced Syrian labor force in Lebanon stands roughly at 384,000 persons, of which 30-35 percent are estimated to be "unemployed" (mainly women and children).Today, Syrian-refugee and Lebanese workers are not on the same level playing field. More than one out of three employed Syrian refugees is competing in the services sector. However, the number of unemployed youth saw a 50 percent increase since 2011 due to the Arab Spring and climaxing Syrian crisis that year, in addition to the 2014 plunge in oil prices, which weakened the oil-exporting economies.
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