Egypt has made strenuous efforts to grant immigrants rights equal to those of Egyptian citizens, said Laurent De Boeck, chief of Egypt’s Mission of the UN International Organisation for Immigration (IOM).
In his speech at the House of Representatives' Human Rights Committee meeting on Wednesday, Boeck said, “Many reports indicate that Egypt is leading the region in the immigrants file with its activities and discussions as well as its legislation to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling.”
Egypt hosts approximately six million immigrants from more than 58 countries, including 245,000 asylum-seekers, half of whom are Syrians, Boeck had told Al-Ahram Arabic newspaper in an interview in 2019.
Boeck lauded Egypt's achievements in this regard, saying, “We’re closely coordinating with the ministries and institutions to ensure that the immigrants comprehensively understand their rights and duties.”
The IOM operates 40 programmes for the governance of illegal immigration with a budget of $25 million, said Boeck.
Addressing the issue of irregular immigrants file, Boeck emphasised that the IOM is interested in the employment of skilled Egyptian workers abroad.
For instance, he said, Germany said it is looking forward to recruiting skilled and experienced Egyptian workers.
The IOM has 480 country offices and sub-offices worldwide.
Their key responsibilities are to analyse national migration issues and emerging trends and implement projects and programmes to address them.