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Resettlement

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 fulfils 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“.

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