Operation: Opération: Egypt



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
150,000 primary health consultations will be supported
31,000 households will receive multi-purpose cash grants
50,000 students in primary and secondary schools will be provided with education grants
4,500 UASC will be provided with child protection support and services
1,200 refugees and asylum-seekers will be provided with legal support
2017 year-end results
52,500 individuals (13,700 families) were supported with monthly multipurpose cash grants
39,000 students received education grants
14,800 individuals were referred to secondary or tertiary medical care
2,780 unaccompanied separated children were registered, documented and supported
87 community groups were empowered to deliver community-based protection interventions

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 289,231
2016 263,426
2015 250,697


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

Egypt hosts refugees and asylum-seekers from more than 60 countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) and Yemen.  There has been an increase in the number of people, in particular Syrians, approaching UNHCR’s offices for registration in 2017, with an increase of 44 per cent in the first half compared to the same period the previous year. Refugees and asylum-seekers live in urban areas alongside local communities. High inflation has negatively impacted refugees and asylum-seekers, increasing their vulnerability and dependency on assistance. Visa requirements for Syrians and the short validity of residence permits and lengthy procedures for renewal constitute major challenges faced by refugees and asylum-seekers.
UNHCR carries out the functional responsibilities for all aspects of registration, documentation and refugee status determination (RSD). Egypt grants access to primary and secondary health care to refugees and asylum-seekers of all nationalities. The government has also allowed Sudanese and Syrian children access to public schools. UNHCR works with the authorities to enhance access and quality of education and health care in the public system for refugees and asylum-seekers of all nationalities and provides support to the respective authorities.
UNHCR works closely with the Government and its UN and NGO partners to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers. The refugee response is coordinated through the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG), led by UNHCR.

Key priorities

 In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Preservation of the protection space, enhanced access to asylum, and prevention of refoulement;
  • Issuance of asylum documentation and advocacy with the Government on residence permit, including extended duration of the process;
  • Implementation of the merged registration and  refugee status determination process and preservation of the integrity of the asylum system;
  • Active engagement in mixed flow issues with all partners, response to challenges of onward movement and detention of people involved in mixed movement;
  • Prioritization of protection interventions for vulnerable people such as children and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Cash-based interventions as a primary response to the basic needs of refugees;
  • Strengthening access to and quality of national education and health services in the public institutions that provide services to refugees, asylum-seekers and the host community;
  • Pursuing durable solutions, such as resettlement and voluntary repatriation;
  • Enhancing coordination and partnership with the government, state institutions and other partners.