22 November 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Recent socio-economic impact of prolonged crisis in the oPt
Jerusalem - UNRWA today launched their new report assessing the recent socio-economic impact of the prolonged crisis in the oPt. The report, produced in association with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, was commissioned to measure the socio-economic consequences of the postelection boycott of the Palestinian Authority.
UNRWA Deputy Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi, introducing the report, commented: “What this report tells us is alarming; more than one million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank now live in deep poverty. This is a steep increase; 64% over the same time last year. In Gaza, where the vast majority of the population are refugees, the situation is much worse. Every aspect of life – from job security to putting food on the table – has been severely and negatively impacted.”
The data collected in the study covers three main areas: national income, the labor market and
household living levels and poverty.
• Loss of income led to an average 12% reduction in per capita consumption, and a 64%
increase in Palestinians living in deep poverty.
• The PA boycott, which cannot be accurately measured through GDP or employment rates but
only through household consumption and income, resulted in an estimated $500 million
• The PA fiscal crisis had disproportionately negative consequences for refugees, 32% of whom
are employed by the public sector, in contrast to 20% among non refugees.
• It is estimated that, above the level of external assistance received in 2005, an additional
$73.1 million of well targeted aid would have been necessary to eliminate deep poverty
amongst refugees in 2005.
• The Palestinian public sector (accounting for 70% of new jobs) expanded during 2005 and
the first half of 2006, while the private sector, especially manufacturing, experienced sharp
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