In Egypt, resettlement services for refugees are mainly provided by UNHCR through resettlement programs run by different resettlement countries.
Resettlement to a third country means that a person recognized as a refugee by UNHCR in Egypt gets legally resettled from Egypt to one of the resettlement countries because he/she has resettlement needs and fullfils the resettlement criteria.
Resettlement will only be considered for individuals who have no prospects of return to the country of origin, or prospects to integrate in the country of asylum. Resettlement is primarily a protection tool and only refugees with specific needs, which cannot be addressed in Egypt, will be considered for resettlement. Each case is considered individually in light of its specific circumstances and needs, as well as the options available to address the specific needs. Resettlement places are very limited, as determined by resettlement countries.
Unlike return to one’s country, which is a right of every person, resettlement is not a right.
Information provided in this section is based on UNHCR’s “Information for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Egypt”.
More information is available in UNHCR’s “Resettlement Handbook“.