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14 Aug 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Alamin Abkar, a married 34 year old father of three, has been able to launch his own business in Egypt thanks to the Salesian Missions Sunrise Project. A refugee from the Sudan who is responsible for caring for his wife and children, Abkar is blind but did not want to let his impairment stop him from earning a living in his new community.

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.


29 Jan 2018 description


Egypt is a destination country along the central Mediterranean refugee route with people arriving from both the Middle East and east Africa. A growing population of concern is stranded in the most overcrowded and poorest neighbourhoods of its largest cities such as Cairo and Alexandria as a result of an upward trend of new arrivals and tightened control measures aimed at curbing irregular outflows towards Europe.

Of the more than 217 000 refugees registered by the UNHCR, 126 291 are from Syria and the remainder are from East Africa or Iraq.

22 Aug 2017 description

Cairo – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the National Coordination Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (NCCPIM&TIP) are organizing two trainings on Countering Trafficking in Persons through Media for journalists and media professionals. Some 19 participants from six media institutions attended the first training on 16–17 August. The second training is scheduled for the last week of September.

27 Jul 2017 description
report IRIN

Yobieli is 12 years old. He sits on a small leather stool and fumbles with his hands, interlocking his fingers and pulling them apart. There’s a dark shadow of soft peach fuzz on his upper lip, and his cheeks are childishly smooth. But, his eyes look older. They take in the world around him with the measured calculation of an adult, not the innocent wonder of a child.

Read more on IRIN

04 Jul 2017 description

Egypt - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Egypt launched its revamped Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Map (http://avrr.eg.iom.int/) on 4 July 2017 to provide policymakers, development partners, civil society, private sector, academia and the donor community with updated information on stranded Egyptian migrants who opted to return home voluntarily and non-Egyptian migrants wishing to voluntarily return to their home countries.

19 Apr 2017 description

UNHCR’s complaint procedures allow refugees and asylum seekers to file a complaint if there has been misconduct by UNHCR staff, interpreters, guards or NGO partners. A complaint must be filed within 3 months of the incident.

Process to file a complaint

  • There is a complaint form available at all UNHCR offices if you wish to use it.

  • Put your name and phone number on the complaint. Anonymous complaints will not be investigated.

  • Outline your complaint in as much detail as possible with dates, locations, witnesses.

11 Apr 2017 description

Egypt - On 6 April, Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and IOM launched a new Migration Data Analysis Unit.

The Migration Data Analysis Unit aims to fill in existing information gaps by conducting periodic assessments and producing key statistics on migration issues to support the development of evidence-based policy and enhance migration management in Egypt.

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27 GMT

Migrants have tried to cross to Italy from the African coast, particularly from Libya, where people traffickers operate with relative impunity

CAIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian border patrol and coast guard forces stopped more than 12,000 people of various nationalities from illegally entering or leaving the country in 2016, the military said on Wednesday.

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22 Nov 2016 description

Egypt - IOM has launched a social media campaign, ‘A Day Without Migrants,’ in partnership with the Egyptian award-winning click-funding innovators Bassita, to highlight the real and positive impacts that migrants have on the communities that host them.

The campaign, launched yesterday (21/11), seeks to start dialogue about the impact of migration that is centered on evidence and facts rather than propaganda. It also aims to highlight the importance of migration equally for the benefit of the migrants, the countries of origin and the countries of destination.

28 Oct 2016 description


  • WFP Egypt completed distributions to 21,281 Egyptian returnees from Libya under Emergency Operation 200835.

  • WFP Egypt and the Government of Egypt launched the ‘1,000 days’ project that aims at improving the nutritional status of pregnant and nursing women.

  • WFP Egypt Country Director delivered the key note speech at the ‘First International Conference on Migration and Refuge Crises.
    Challenges to Arab and European Nation States’ hosted by Cairo University.

21 Oct 2016 description
report Government of Egypt

Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din Radi and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi signed Wednesday a MoU, allowing the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide health services for refugees in Egypt.

The $1.1 million MoU aims at setting a framework for cooperation between the Health Ministry and the UNHCR to provide primary care and emergency services to the registered refugees at the UN body in Egypt.

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.