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Egypt UNHCR Operational Update, March - April 2017

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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

Funded 18%
Gap 82%


  • Effective and strategic use of refugee status determination in merged procedures with registration.
  • Support refugees’ participation in decision-making and implementation of humanitarian programs.
  • Enhance vulnerability assessment and provide targeted cash assistance to the most vulnerable.
  • Support access to public primary health care across all nationalities.
  • Support quality of education in public and community schools.
  • Prevent and respond to SGBV and undertake child protection activities.
  • Reduce incidents of detention and prevent refoulement.


  • New, faster asylum procedures introduced in March 2017: to reduce waiting period to claim asylum, UNHCR Egypt merged the registration and refugee status determination interviews into one single interview. The waiting period between the two interviews had previously been reduced from five years in 2014, to 18 months in 2016. The new process will initially be targeting South Sudanese, Somali and Iraqi asylum-seekers, and will gradually be expanded to other nationalities.

  • Launch of the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP): On 2 April 2017, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations (UN) jointly launched the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (Egypt 3RP) 2016-2017. The Egypt 3RP aims to address the needs of Syrians registered with UNHCR and living in different governorates in Egypt as well as their host communities. The government of Egypt, the UN and partners are appealing for US $348 million to cover both the refugee and resilience components in 2017-2018. The launch took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of representatives of donor countries, UN and government officials. The opening remarks were followed by two round table discussions on education and health, chaired by the respective ministries.


Operational Context

Egypt remains a destination and transit country for refugees and asylum-seekers. 18,668 people registered with UNHCR since the beginning of 2017, of which 9,051 registered in March and April alone. The total number registered so far constitutes an increase of almost 50 per cent compared to the same period last year. Half of the newly registered are Syrians, followed by Sudanese, Eritreans, and South Sudanese.

As of end of April, a total of 204,767 refugees and asylum-seekers of 63 different nationalities are registered with UNHCR in Egypt. While refugees are dispersed throughout Egypt, including in remote areas, the majority are concentrated in three urban areas, namely Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta.