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9 mln int’l migrants live in Egypt: IOM



More than 9 million international migrants from about 130
countries live in Egypt, according to figures released by the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday, Trend reports citing
Xinhua.

In a statement, IOM said the number of international migrants
residing in Egypt is 9,012,582, which constitutes 8.7 percent of
the Egyptian population.

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of
international migrants since 2019, because the prolonged
instability in Egypt’s neighboring countries prompted Sudanese,
South Sudanese, Syrians, Ethiopians, Iraqis and Yemenis to seek
refuge in the North African country, according to the
statement.

Among the international migrants are 4 million Sudanese, 1.5
million Syrians, 1 million Yemenis and 1 million Libyans. Migrants
from the four countries account for about 80 percent of the
migrants residing in Egypt.

International migrants have contributed positively to local
labor market and the growth of the Egyptian economy, the IOM
noted.

Egypt has been generous in enrolling migrants, refugees, and
asylum seekers in its national education and health systems on an
equal basis with Egyptians, despite challenges in the two sectors
and the heavy economic costs, the IOM said.



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