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
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“.