How to apply for asylum in Egypt?

You can start you registration by filling this REG Kobo webform, which is available in English, Arabic, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic and Oromo.

You can get more information on how to apply for asylum at Help UNHCR Egypt , where information is available in Arabic, English, Somali and Amharic.

How to apply for asylum in Egypt?

You can apply for asylum in Egypt at the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, in Egypt. The UNHCR is registering people in Zamalek, for Syrians, and in the main building, for other nationalities, and in the Alexandria office, and it will progressively expand its capacity.

You can start you registration by filling this REG Kobo webform, which is available in English, Arabic, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic and Oromo.

You can get more information at Help UNHCR , where information is available in Arabic, English, Somali and Amharic.

Syrian refugees in Egypt

Egypt, which does not border Syria, has been a key destination for Syrian refugees since 2012, when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was elected, despite being a vocal opponent of Bashar al-Assad during the Syrian Civil War. In 2016, there were 114,911 Syrian refugees registered in Egypt.

The country is also covered by the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which is a collaboration between Syria’s neighbors (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq), Egypt, and UN organizations, including UNHCR and othe partners.

The majority of Syrians work in Egypt’s unregulated work market. On this black market, there are cafés where the bulk of unregistered Syrians labor. Because they are lawfully in Egypt, the majority of Syrians registered with UNHCR have a better chance of finding work. Due to Egypt’s reservation in the 1951 refugee convention on refugee access to the labor market, finding work is difficult.

Unlike several of their surrounding countries, Egypt allows refugees to live in cities. Because of their relocation program, the majority of Syrians who registered with UNHCR had housing in Egypt. Egypt, on the other hand, has higher entry obstacles. More people have been detained as a form of shelter and a holding ground before being deported.

Schools for Refugees

In Egypt, there are Syrian learning centers that are accredited and deviate from the public education system. Because Syrian teachers are not permitted to teach in Egyptian public schools, these educational institutions provide a source of employment for them. These schools can help you with your Egyptian studies.

In order to be granted refugee status in Egypt, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution. You will be handed a UNHCR yellow card when you have been granted refugee status, which will grant you a three-year temporary stay permit. Egypt, on the other hand, requires refugees to renew their licenses every six months.


The above cover image shows Zamalek District, on the right, and Agouza District, on the left, along the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Sherif Moharram on Unsplash