World Refugee Day: Egypt advocates for support to refugees and hosting states

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Jun 2023

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated World Refugee Day on Tuesday, which the UN observes annually on 20 June to recognize refugees worldwide, according to a statement from the ministry on Tuesday.

Refugees cross into Egypt through the Arqeen land port with Sudan. File/AFP


Egypt emphasized the significance of allocating adequate resources to meet the needs of refugees and provide support to the host countries, based on the principle of equitable burden-sharing.

“This day represents an important opportunity to shed light on the suffering of those individuals and affirm solidarity with them and their hosting communities,” the ministry stated.

This year's World Refugee Day focuses on the theme Hope Away from Home: A World Where Refugees Are Always Included, with an emphasis on including refugees in their host countries and providing them with opportunities to contribute to those countries' economies.

The Egyptian Ministry views the UNHCR's theme, which focuses on supporting refugees and their host countries, as a universal call for assistance, according to a statement.

The ministry added that this would allow refugees to reconstruct their lives until it is feasible for them to return to their home countries voluntarily and safely.

“Amidst a global context in which crises and natural disasters are exacerbating, Egypt continues to open its doors to provide a safe haven for those whom the circumstances forced them to leave their countries,” the ministry said.

The ministry stated that Egypt approaches these refugees from a humanitarian viewpoint, ensuring that they can live with dignity on Egyptian soil.

Egypt restated the importance of global cooperation in finding long-term solutions to refugee concerns through a comprehensive approach that incorporates the integration of humanitarian and development aspects.

The ministry commended the crucial role of international organizations involved in refugee and migration cases and reiterated Egypt's commitment to collaborating and coordinating with these organizations.

The ministry emphasized Egypt's dedication to strengthening peace-building and sustainable development efforts to address the underlying causes of the refugee crisis.

On 23 June, the UNHCR is arranging an 8km run and expo in Cairo, as one of several events to commemorate World Refugee Day. The run begins at 7:15am and requires registration, but it is free of charge.

Egypt, with a population of 105 million, is home to 9 million refugees from various countries, particularly Syria and Sudan.

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, announced on Monday that over the past few months, Egypt has welcomed more than 250,000 Sudanese refugees, accounting for around 60 percent of the total number who have fled violence in Sudan.

As the largest host of Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict, Egypt has provided hundreds of tons of medical and relief assistance to Sudan.

Egypt has requested assistance from the international community in supporting the millions of refugees it hosts, while also providing Sudanese refugees with immediate assistance and keeping its borders open.


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