Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Arsaal - 2019
The Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Arsaal, was conducted jointly by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP, dataviz.vam.wfp.org). Now in its seventh year, the Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) assesses a representative sample of Syrian refugee families to identify changes and trends in their situation. The Government of Lebanon estimates that the country hosts 1.5 million of the 6.7 million Syrians who have fled the conflict since 2011 (including nearly one million registered with UNHCR as of end of September 2019). VASyR Arsaal is an addition to the 2019 VASyR, containing a representative sample of Syrian Refugee households in Arsaal.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Household and individual
v 2.1: Edited, cleaned and anonymised data.
The scope includes:
- key indicators on household demographics
- safety and security
- food security
- food consumption
- coping strategies and assistance
- intention to return
Livelihood & Social cohesion
The sampling frame used for VASyR 2019 was the total number of Syrian refugees in Arsaal known to UNHCR.
Producers and sponsors
The sample includes 328 Syrian refugee households, and aims to be representative of the Syrian refugee families in Arsaal. A two-stage cluster approach was adpoted using the sampling frame of the total number of Syrian refugees known to UNHCR. Using the “30x7” two stage cluster scheme, originally developed by the World Health Organization, 30 clusters per geographical area and seven households per cluster are used to provide a precision of +/- 10 percentage points. Arsaal was selected due to its specific situation which differs from other refugee hosting communities.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
World Vision International
The questionnaire included key information on household demographics, arrival profile, registration, protection, shelter, WASH, assets, health, education, security, livelihoods, expenditures, food consumption, coping strategies, debts and assistance, as well as infant and young feeding practices.
After the completion of data collection, raw data was shared with the VASyR Core Group to review inconsistencies and mistakes that could not be identified during the collection phase. Some of these errors required calling households back to validate and correct the data collected. Each agency was asked to provide the team in charge of clean-up with a list of identified issues and recommendations on how to proceed with the clean-up. A copy of the original raw data was saved. Any modification to the data was scripted in SQL providing a step by step audit trail from the raw data leading to the final dataset used for analysis.
UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF (2019) Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Arsaal addition, UNHCR microdata library, https://microdata.unhcr.org
Archive where study is originally stored
United Nations Refugee Agency Microdata Library
Original Archive Study ID: DDI_UNHCR_LBN_2019_VASYR_Arsaal_v2.1
DDI Document ID
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1 (May 2021). This version is identical to UNHCR DDI ID DDI_UNHCR_LBN_2019_VASYR_Arsaal_v2.1, except the following edits were made:
- Minor spelling, grammatical, and formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored