Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting on Monday to follow up on the contributions the state bears to care for its immigrants and refugees of various nationalities.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Supply, Health, Social Solidarity, Local Development, Education, Labor, and officials concerned authorities.
Egypt hosts about nine million immigrants and refugees from about 133 countries – 56 percent of them live in five governorates.
Madbouly stressed the importance of auditing these numbers, and at the same time counting and compiling what the state bears in exchange for the services provided in various sectors to Egypt’s guests.
Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar reviewed the health services provided by the state to immigrants and refugees in the health sector.
He pointed out that refugees in Egypt are 50.4 percent male and 49.6 percent female, with an average age of 35 years, representing 8.7 percent of the size of Egypt’s population.
Abdel-Ghaffar noted that 56 percent of them reside in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Daqahlia, and Damietta.
He continued that 60 percent of immigrants have been living in Egypt for about 10 years, and six percent have been living integrated into Egyptian society for about 15 years or more.
Up to 37 percent of work in stable jobs and stable companies, the minister added.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt said that the amount of funding it received to support refugees and asylum seekers residing in Egypt up until October amounted to US$151 million.
The UNHCR report explained that this funding is being used to respond to the needs of more than 451,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in and residing in UNHCR offices in Egypt, belonging to 58 nationalities.