Strengthening Egypt’s Refugee Programs

Source: Wilson Center

Author(s): Noha Sebaiee

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Over the past two years the number of registered refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt has increased by 21 percent. Today, Egypt is among the highest destination countries in Africa receiving documented and undocumented immigrants. Many are African, Yemeni, or Syrian refugees fleeing political instability, conflict, and civil war.

Despite Egypt’s hospitality and migrant support system, economic reforms and rising costs have impacted immigrants in Egypt particularly hard. Due to the country’s high unemployment rate and weak economy, many Egyptians are concerned about the strain refugees place on the country’s resources and infrastructure. As a result, refugees are without access to education, healthcare, employment opportunities, and other services. Such issues force many to turn to extreme measures like child labor and early marriages to survive.

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