Egypt UNHCR Operational Update, March - April 2018
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.
Through its field office in Alexandria and in collaboration with Bibliotheca Alexandria, UNHCR participated in this year’s edition of the “Heya” (She) Campaign. The campaign was launched on 12 March by the Depository Library at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in observation of International Women’s Day. It focused on women’s empowerment in the fields of Leadership, Health and Arts.
The campaign started with a series of workshops attended by Egyptians and more than 50 refugees and asylum-seekers of different nationalities, and included, among others, sessions on communication and presentation skills, career development, freelancing and business for startups, life coaching and healthy parenting. The workshops were facilitated by public figures and representatives of different institutions such as the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, VI Market, Central Bank of Egypt as well as by successful entrepreneurs and female sports champions.
The closing event on 14 March was attended by more than 1,500 people, including over 200 refugees and asylum-seekers. Refugees shared their stories, and different groups of refugees presented a theatre play, and musical and folkloric dance performances that focused on women and resilience.