FACTBOX: Refugees in Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2016

On the occasion of World Refugees Day, Ahram Online presents a fact box on the status of refugees in Egypt

Syrian refugees waiting to cross Egyptian boarder on 22 January 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

• According to the United Nation Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) latest report in April, 185,175 people are registered as refugees in Egypt.

• 2,234 unaccompanied children are officially registered with the UNHCR in Egypt as refugees. 

• Syrian refugees come in the first place among those registered with UNHCR at 120,491, Sudanese refugees come in the second place with 29,286, while Ethiopian refugees come in the third place with 8,244. 

• There are also registered refugees with the UNHCR in Egypt from other countries including Iraq (7,070) Somalia (6,795) South Sudan (4,491), and Eritrea (4,543). 

• Greater Cairo (Cairo, Giza, Qalibuyia) are the Egyptian governorates that host the most registered refugees with 122,779, followed by Alexandria governorate with 24,896 and Damietta with 10,066. 

• Unofficially, the number of unregistered Syrian refugees in Egypt may be as high as half a million according to some estimates. This is because many do not register with the UN in order to have more freedom of movement and to leave the country when they need.

• 50.9% of Syrian refugees in Egypt are men, mostly between the ages of 18 to 59. 

• In September 2015, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stated that Egypt was hosting around five million refugees.

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