Lebanon’s Daily Star reports the number of Iraqi refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon rose from 8,300 in January to 9,390 this month, accounting for 85 percent of registered refugees there. Iraqi Christians, despite their minority presence in their home country, represent 50 percent of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon.
The total number of registered Iraqi refugees in the Middle East region fell from 194,240 in January to 188,560 this month, but peaked at 202,400 in May. UNHCR said the decline is a result of their losing contact with refugees. Despite a growing Iraqi refugee population in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan still accommodate the most, with approximately 127,000 and 32,550 registered in each respectively.