Over 500,000 fled into Egypt from Sudan: UNHCR

Zeinab El-Gundy , Monday 25 Mar 2024

The UN refugees agency in Egypt UNHCR revealed in its “Sudan Emergency Update in Egypt” that over 500,000 people have crossed the Egyptian-Sudanese borders from April 2023 to March 2024.

People cross into Egypt through the Arqeen land port with Sudan on April 27, 2023. AFP


508,827 people, including 500,000 Sudanese and 8,827 from other nationalities, crossed into Egypt from the start of the Sudanese war on April 2023 till March 2024, according to official latest figures received by UNHCR from the Egyptian government.

As of 14 March, UNHCR Egypt has registered 207,889 out of the 433,140 individuals fleeing Sudan who have received pre-registration appointments since the onset of the conflict, the agency said.

53 percent of the registered Sudanese refugees are women.

While 89 percent of registered new arrivals originate from Khartoum, the remaining 21 percent are those with one or more specific needs, including lack of legal documentation, the agency added.

93 percent of the newly registered individuals are Sudanese nationals, 3 percent South Sudanese, and 3 percent Eritreans.

Giza governorate hosts 156,964 registered Sudanese refugees, Cairo 79,192, Alexandria 18,897, and Aswan 3,615, according to UNHCR.

The UNHCR said it received only 6 percent of the $54.7 million required for funding the Sudan emergency response in Egypt in 2024.

The agency stated previously that Egypt has hosted around half a million registered refugees and asylum-seekers from six nationalities.

As of October 2023, the Sudanese nationality has topped the refugees list, followed by Syrians, South Sudanese, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Yemenis, Somalians, Iraqis, and refugees from over 54 other nationalities.

A total of nine million migrants and refugees exist in Egypt, according to previous estimations of Egyptian officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The Sudanese rank highest among nationalities in Egypt (four million), followed by Syrians (1.5 million), Yemenis (one million), and Libyans (one million), according to the IOM numbers.

These four nationalities, the IOM said, constitute 80 percent of international migrants who currently live in Egypt.

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