Child labour

Working Street Children in Lebanon: Profile and Size Assessment

The ILO has partnered UNICEF and to comprise the first comprehensive study on Lebanon’s Working Street Children subsequent to the Syrian refugee crisis

The long-standing issue of Working Street Children (WSC) in Lebanon has become ever more pressing since the start of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2011 and major population centres in the country remain the most affected by children living and working on the streets. In 2013, Lebanon launched its National Action Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016, of which work by children in the streets was one of the selected priority areas for intervention. Accordingly, and in coordination with the Lebanese Ministry of Labour, the ILO and UNICEF have partnered to produce the first comprehensive study on the magnitude and characteristics of the WSC problem in Lebanon. The results of the study aim to help inform policy makers and other actors to more appropriately combat the phenomenon of WSC in order to eliminate it in Lebanon.


  • Development of a socioeconomic study on the magnitude and characteristics of WSC in selected areas of Lebanon; and
  • propose appropriate action at the policy as well as services level in order t eliminate the phenomena of WSC.

Main Activities

  • Conduct an assessment of the magnitude and characteristics of WSC in Lebanon.


  • Effectuate mechanisms for improved monitoring of child labour in Lebanon with a focus on its worst forms, especially child labour in the streets.