Officially, there are over 400,000 registered Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, plus an unknown number who are not registered. But it is mostly thought that the real number of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is smaller than the registered number, as many have left the country. Their presence – especially that of armed groups – has caused tensions with the Lebanese, but the refugees also contribute to the economy, by working mostly as seasonal, cheap workers in orchards or on building sites.
It is not known how many people with other nationalities live in Lebanon, as there are many illegal immigrants. There are said to be thousands of Syrians, but officially, they number only a few hundred.
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