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07 Jul 2018 description

Egypt remains a destination and transit country for refugees and asylumseekers, most of whom live in urban areas.

Currently, 228,941 refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different nationalities are registered with UNHCR Egypt. More than half of them are from Syria.

UNHCR registers and documents refugees and asylum-seekers and facilitates their access to basic services, such as health and education.

Working with Partners

07 Jul 2018 description

Egypt remains a destination and transit country for refugees and asylumseekers, most of whom live in urban areas.

Currently, 227,077 refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different nationalities are registered with UNHCR Egypt. More than half of them are from Syria.

9,711 people have registered with UNHCR Egypt since the beginning of 2018; 4,641 registered in March and April.

Updates

15 Aug 2017 description

Egypt remains a destination and transit country for refugees and asylum-seekers, most of which live in urban areas.

Currently, 208,398 refugees and asylum-seekers of 63 different nationalities are registered with UNHCR Egypt. Over half are from Syria.

27,766 people have registered with UNHCR Egypt since the beginning of 2017; 9,098 registered in May and June alone.

KEY INDICATORS

13,579
households/cases received multi-purpose cash grants in June 2017

15 Aug 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

204,767
and asylum-seekers (all nationalities) registered as of April 2017

2,789
Unaccompanied and separated children currently registered

686
refugees submitted to resettlement countries in 2017

839
Refugees departed for resettlement in 2017

FUNDING

USD 79.3 M
Requested for the operation in 2017

Funded 18%
Gap 82%

Priorities

20 Oct 2016 description

Filippo Grandi met African refugees in Egypt, many of whom are becoming increasingly vulnerable.   

By: Don Murray

CAIRO, Egypt – Sayida lives with the memory of fear.

Tears run down her face in the office of Caritas, where she has come to find help, as she tells of her decision to flee her country and to seek refuge abroad.

30 Sep 2016 description

In interviews with UNHCR, survivors recall their horror as a trawler that smugglers packed with up to 500 people capsized, claiming at least 202 lives

By: Nora Ibrahim

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – As a fishing trawler packed with hundreds of people flipped and sank off the coast of Egypt last week, Somali Abshiro* suddenly found herself in the water as those drowning clawed at her life jacket.

23 Sep 2016 description

Egyptian authorities rescue 150 people including Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis after boat capsizes off Rosetta. At least 42 bodies have reportedly been recovered.

GENEVA – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the loss of life after yet another boat capsized in the Mediterranean, this time off the coast of Rosetta, Egypt, reportedly carrying around 450 people.

06 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mr. Amin Awad, MENA Bureau Director visited Egypt early December. During his visit, he met with government officials, toured the Zamalek registration centre and visited UNHCR projects in Alexandria.

  • Resettlement targets have been achieved with 1,579 Syrian individuals submitted to the regional hub, of which 829 individuals (53%) submitted to the USA. In addition to African and Iraq 2,077 individuals of which 1463 individuals (70%) submitted to the USA.