About 1.5 million Palestinian refugees live in the official camps.
How many people are in Palestinian refugee camps?
As of 2019, more than 5.6 million Palestinians were registered with UNRWA as refugees, of which more than 1.5 million live in UNRWA-run camps. The term “Palestine refugee” does not include internally displaced Palestinians, who became Israeli citizens and neither displaced Palestinian Jews.
Can Palestinian refugees return to Israel?
There is no formal mechanism in international law to demand repatriation of refugees and their descendants in general, or Palestinians specifically. No international legislation, binding UN resolutions or agreements between Israel and the Palestinians require this.
What is it like to live in a Palestinian refugee camp?
The housing conditions in Palestinian refugee camps is abysmal. Conditions are overcrowded, and the camps frequently lack basic infrastructures such as roads or sanitation. Often during times of crisis, the camps can go months without electricity and, when it is available, it is inconsistent.
Can Palestinians live in Israel?
Since 2008, they are not allowed to live or stay in Israel because of marriage with an Israeli. Israelis who want to visit their partner in Gaza need permits for a few months, and Israelis can visit their first‐degree relatives in Gaza only in exceptional humanitarian cases.
Can Palestinians become Israeli citizens?
Family reunification for Palestinians
In 2003, the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was passed.