Europe, Middle East & North Africa
Photo: Paul Jeffrey
Egypt Refugee Program
CWS’s Education, Psychosocial, Protection and Legal Aid Capacity Building program for refugees, implemented through CWS local partner St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, is addressing the basic needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Cairo, Egypt.
The program offers direct services for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants, including mental health support, help in navigating complex bureaucracies to access resources such as housing and medical assistance, educational and vocational training to increase their job prospects and protection in the face of discrimination against and harassment of refugees.
Cairo, home to one of the largest populations of urban refugees in the world, has become a destination of choice for Syrians fleeing conflict and seeking asylum in Egypt. By the end of 2013, the UNHCR placed the number of Syrian refugees in Cairo at 131,599 persons. Drawing upon its decades of experience resettling refugees in the United States, CWS began working to ease the transition to a new society for Syrians and other vulnerable refugees fleeing to or already in Cairo.