FM: Egypt rejects solutions based on placing migrants, refugees in camps

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday that Egypt deals with the migrants’ file from a humanitarian perspective, stressing that Cairo rejects any solution based on placing migrants or refugees in camps or collection points and isolating them from society.

The Egyptian state is keen to fully integrate migrants and refugees with their host society and help them gain access to all public services, particularly in the education and health sectors, Shoukry said during a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

The foreign minister, who is currently visiting Geneva, discussed with Grandi means of bolstering cooperation between Cairo and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

Shoukry called on the UNHCR to support Egypt’s efforts that aim to deal with the increasing numbers of refugees and refugee seekers, expressing appreciation for the key role played by the agency’s bureau in Egypt in this regard.

Egypt gives priority to the refugees file in light of its chairmanship of the African Union in 2019, especially after the pan-African body declared 2019 the Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons, he added.

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees lauded Egypt’s efforts and services offered to refugees as well as the protection it provides for them, describing this as a model to follow.

On that score, Grandi pointed out to Cairo’s reception of Syrian refugees in spite of the little support it receives and the economic burdens it bears.

Source: State Information Service Egypt