Head of International Migration: I felt Egypt’s hospitality to immigrants


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Wednesday 10 February 2021

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Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ela, deputy of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, asked a number of questions to the head of the special mission of the International Organization for Migration, including the reason for not registering about 5.5 million immigrants in Egypt.

This came during a meeting of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, headed by Representative Tariq Radwan, on Wednesday, in the presence of the head of the mission of the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations Migration Agency, Laurent de Boeck.

Abu Al-Ula also asked about the efforts that the organization can provide to Egypt, especially since some refugees often cause problems and conflicts with the Egyptians.

Abu Al-Ela added: Egypt provides a wide range of social, health and other human rights, wondering about the organization’s assessment of the rights that Egypt is doing towards migrants and refugees, as well as the aid that Egypt is doing towards migrants in the face of the Corona epidemic.

For his part, the head of the mission of the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations Migration Agency, Laurent de Buick, stressed the need for a legal document for the immigrant to regulate his residence and access to services in the country, noting the existence of many mechanisms such as work and residence permits.

He added: As for an irregular or unregistered immigrant, he may have entered the country through the means of smuggling, and we seek to attract them, by talking to them that we will not imprison them, but rather we want to know them, record their data, and inform them of their rights and duties, and we are now working with the Ministry of Interior to make an identity card for immigrants.

He stressed: The reception I received in Egypt was positive, and I feel there is a great sense of hospitality in Egypt, and there is a positive image of the treatment of foreigners in it, pointing to the great role that the Egyptian government bears in terms of providing services to immigrants, whether health or social care services, without differentiating them from The Egyptians.

He continued: If there are individual matters, it is a matter that exists in all societies, and in general, I see Egypt as an attraction for immigrants due to its stability, compared to other countries.

On the organization’s role in facing the Corona epidemic crisis, he said: We seek to define and raise awareness of the epidemic and combat the epidemic among immigrants, as well as help medical teams to play their role in facing the epidemic, praising Egypt’s position on providing vaccines to medical teams as well as immigrants.

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