Six years into the armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the situation continues to deteriorate. 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 6.3 million internally displaced (IDPs). Nearly 5 million people are living in hard to reach and or besieged areas. In addition over 4.8 million Syrians have taken refuge in the five neighboring countries Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. IOM and humanitarian partners continue to scale up services to meet the challenges posed by this protracted crisis with a particular emphasis on protection, provision of life-saving assistance, as well as early recovery and resilience support to displaced Syrian and host communities inside Syria and in the region.
In addition, irregular migration of Egyptians youth and unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) has increased significantly since 2011, making it ever more important to take serious steps to prevent irregular migration of this vulnerable group while reducing their vulnerabilities. At the same time, Egyptian shores along the Mediterranean increasingly witness large scale fatalities from boat tragedies. Local capacities for rescue at sea operations and emergency medical care are however overburdened in such events. The Egyptian Network for Integrated Development has identified Behaira and nine other governorates in both Lower and Upper Egypt to be among the poorest in the country. Behaira in particular is estimated to have a 2 per cent annual decrease in people’s access to food, with 57 per cent of its roads being unpaved, 50 per cent of the population being illiterate, and less than 3 per cent of children having enrolled or graduated from secondary education. Primary schools are available until completion of basic education, however, secondary schools are rare.
IOM Egypt has historically had a strong cooperation with the National Committee for Preventing Irregular Migration (NCCPIM) and National Committee for Combatting Trafficking in Persons (NCCTiP), which combined in 2017 to form NCCPIM & TiP. Concurrently, IOM Egypt continues to contribute to the development of the child protection response from the National Committee for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) in reference to securing effective protection mechanisms for Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) and Egyptian youth at risk of irregular migration. IOM’s Mission to Egypt ensures that all activities are in line with national government priorities to assist Egyptian as well as foreign migrants. Interventions are undertaken in close coordination with national counterparts, the UN country team and relevant national stakeholders.
Note: the projects below are in line with the 3RP Humanitarian Response Plan focusing on ‘Life-saving assistance and early recovery’, developed by the Humanitarian Country Team. Furthermore, IOM has included additional interventions that are in line with IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.
 Since 2011, Egypt holds the highest percentage of UMC among adult irregular migrants reaching Europe. In 2014, 2,007 (49%) of the 4,095 Egyptians arriving irregularly in Italy were unaccompanied children in comparison to only 28 per cent in 2011. This upward trend continued in
Contact Information: Mr. Amr Taha, Head of Office, firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Andrea Dabizzi, Migrant Assistance Division Programme Manager email@example.com. Website: https://egypt.iom.int/ Tel: (+20) 0227365140
IOM Offices: Country Office: Cairo; Sub-Offices: Aswan; Presence in North Coast
International Staff: 14
National Staff: 131
- 3,279 hygiene and clothing kits in government holding facilities in all areas of Egypt
- 5,100 Blankets/covert and 1,000 clothing kits for migrants outside of government holding facilities for winterization response
Response and Emergency Preparedness to provide Alternatives to Irregular Migration in Behaira Governorate (REPAIR)Amount Requested: USD 1,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Health: (1) Provide training to NGOs and CSOs, medical professionals and management professionals on emergency response for rescue at sea, and (2) support the refurbishment of health and sanitation facilities for reception and emergency response in the Behaira governorate. Protection: Awareness raising on the risks of irregular migration will be facilitated in key strategic localities in the Behaira governorate and relevant surrounding areas.Beneficiaries:Total: 5,290. Ishrakat Amal Team: 10, Children and youth: 2,800, Students: 1,400, Medical professionals: 300, Emergency response managers: 240, CSOs and volunteers: 240, Migrants : 500, Families of irregular migrants lost at sea: 40