Today, Thursday, August 11, 2022, the Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue praised the Egyptian government for the way it is handling the issue of migration.
This comes in the background of the press release issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on August 7, 2022, in which it confirmed that:
1- The current number of international migrants living in Egypt is 9 million people from 133 countries, equivalent to 8.7% of the Egyptian population.
2- Sudanese, Syrian, Yemeni and Libyan immigrants make up 80% of the immigrants currently residing in the country.
3- The average age of migrants in Egypt is 35 years, with a balanced proportion of males (50.4%) and females (49.6%).
4- There is a noticeable increase in the number of migrants since 2019, due to instability in the neighbouring countries.
5- Migrants in Egypt contribute positively to the labour market and the growth of the Egyptian economy.
6- The positive discourse of the Egyptian government towards immigrants and refugees is considered a pull factor for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers recently to Egypt.
7- Egypt is generous in including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in national education and health systems, on an equal footing with Egyptians in many cases, despite the challenges.
8- 66% of international migrants living in Egypt are well integrated into society for 10 to 15 years or more
9- The Government of Egypt embodied in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly with IOM continuously develops a series of mechanisms and support to ensure the protection needs of migrants and to capitalize on the development potential of migrants in Egypt.
The FDHRD called on the international community to provide the necessary support to the Egyptian government to continue its humanitarian role in supporting refugees and migrants in Egypt.