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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

01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment

  • The Arab Republic of Egypt is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, as well as the 1969 OAU Convention. As the country has, however, not yet developed national asylum procedures and institutions, the functional responsibilities for all aspects of registration, documentation and refugee status determination (RSD) are carried out by UNHCR under the 1954 Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Egypt.

12 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 12 March 2012 (IRIN) - Fatma Soleman’s small table at a special International Women’s Day bazaar in a suburb of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, was a bustle of activity as visitors admired handmade jewelry, colourful bags and gold-embroidered wallets on display.

For the past 12 years Soleman has been teaching hundreds of refugee women in Cairo how to create handicrafts and successfully sell them. “I teach women that they can do it,” she said. “I’m working to help refugees become self-reliant.”