Egypt is a destination country for refugees and asylumseekers of 58 different nationalities. The majority of them live in urban areas alongside the host communities.
Currently, 247,142 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR Egypt.
More than half of them (54 per cent) are from Syria.
UNHCR registers and documents refugees and asylumseekers, and facilitates their access to protection and basic services, such as health and education.
Working with Partners
UNHCR works closely with the Government of Egypt, United Nations agencies, international and national NGOs to provide protection and assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees. UNHCR leads the InterAgency Working Group (IAWG), the main refugee coordination mechanism which gathers representatives from UN agencies as well as international and national NGOs. The IAWG oversees six sectorial working groups: Protection, Education, Health, Cash assistance, Livelihoods, and Communication with Communities. The protection sector includes three sub-working groups which consists of Child Protection, Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and Durable Solutions.