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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.
households/cases received multi-purpose cash grants in June 2017
and asylum-seekers (all nationalities) registered as of April 2017
Unaccompanied and separated children currently registered
refugees submitted to resettlement countries in 2017
Refugees departed for resettlement in 2017
USD 79.3 M
Requested for the operation in 2017
Lina Lotayef, Nourhan Abdel Aziz
Briefing, 4 pages
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.
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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.
With the number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration in Egypt now at more than 100,000 and expected to continue to grow in the face of intensified military action, humanitarian agency Church World Service joins local efforts in Cairo to provide basic services, education and protection.
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In Focus 1
North Africa 2
Northeast Africa 4
Horn of Africa 6
This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 31 July — 13 August, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org
The various conflicts in East Africa and the Middle East continue to lead to a massive influx of refugees. By January 2012, over 44,000 people had found refuge in Egypt, in particular in Cairo. These displaced persons mainly come from Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. The great majority, including the children, had suffered problematic experiences in their home countries (bombing, violent loss of family members, destruction of their homes, amongst other things). They are therefore more inclined to develop mental pathologies which can lead to suicide or insanity.
The presumptive end to violence in South Sudan began in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the North and South. The peace process culminated in a referendum in January 2011, when the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to secede from the North. Despite the CPA, South Sudanese refugees continued to apply for asylum in Egypt between 2006 and 2010 in more or less the same numbers as were recorded in earlier years (UNHCR 2003; 2006; 2010).
CAIRO, 5 March 2012 (IRIN) - Thousands of registered refugees in Cairo are no longer receiving a monthly US$33-66 per person living allowance from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Caritas, one of UNHCR's service providers in Egypt, closed its office on 7 February.
Caritas, which assists UNHCR with the payment of allowances and health services, was forced into the move after the Egyptian government withheld its funds.
Edward Yeranian | Cairo
At Cairo's posh Gazeera Club, workers leave the showers running as they sit nearby drinking tea and chatting. Large quantities of water pour down the drain as water pipes around the city and its suburbs run dry.
For inhabitants of Cairo’s poor neighborhoods, water only infrequently arrives via government pipes. In order to cook and stay hydrated, says resident Hossam Abdel Razaq, housewives trek to a local water dealer and buy the precious liquid for 25 cents. When water does briefly flow, he adds, kids run to the faucets to drink.
Date: 11 November 2011
We have been closely following events in Egypt since the ousting of former President Mubarak and are concerned about what appears to be a diminishing public space for freedom of expression and association. The military trial and jailing of blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah, after his criticism of security forces’ handling of protests last month, is one such example of an egregious breach of the right to freedom of expression.
Today we commemorate the International Day of Peace, established in 1981 by a resolution of the United Nations as a call for a one-day cessation of hostilities in all armed conflicts around the world. In January 2011, the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government decided to institutionalize Peace Day as part of the ongoing Make Peace Happen Campaign.