The poverty estimates during 2011 and 2012 recorded 27 per cent of Lebanon’s population as being poor, according to the Central Administration of Statistics.
This means that one million people are below the poverty line. The figure is based on the household budget survey during 2011 and 2012, which was carried out by CAS with the assistance of World Bank, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.
The statistics provided rich data and an in-depth picture of the poor in the country, including details such as the lowest poverty rate, recorded in the capital, Beirut, where poor people were estimated at 16 per cent of the population, while Bekaa and North Lebanon accounted for the largest number of poor people in the country.
Estimates showed that poverty rates are high among the weekly and daily workers and people who are self-employed in the agricultural and construction sectors, and also that children who belong to poor families are more likely to leave school after the age of 13 years.