Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Egypt.
To be legally recognised as a refugee (this process is called Refugee Status Determination - RSD), a person must satisfy the definition of a refugee as provided in the 1951 Refugee Convention.
To apply for asylum in Egypt, the first step is to register with the UNHCR Egypt: How to apply with the UNHCR Egypt
UNHCR Video: How to apply for asylum in Egypt
Use this Form to get help with any questions about how to register with the UNHCR (available in English, Arabic and Amharic)
Visit the UNHCR Country Page for Egypt
Below is a list of pro bono organisations that support refugees in Egypt and provide them legal aid.
Organisations you can contact (self-referral):
Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights
Cairo Office: 2 Hussien El Maamar st, crossing Mahmoud Basyouni, Third floor, Down Town, Cairo
Tel: +20 (0) 2 279 22689
Alexandria Office: Building number 22, First floor, Moharem Bek, Alexandria
Tel: +20 (0) 1011722876
Email: infoefrr-egypt [dot] org
Contact persons: Mr Badawy 010 98 89 55 88, Mr Bayoumi (Cairo) 010 98 89 55 89
Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm
The Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights (EFRR) is a non-governmental organization since mid-2008. The EFRR currently provides legal assistance to refugees and migrants who are in detention and who find themselves the victims of crime (both from private individuals and public officials).
We provide all kinds of legal services to refugees:
- We represent refugees in Civil, Criminal and legislative courts.
- We assist refugees in producing any legal document.
- We provide refugees with legal advice.
- We also represent refugees in police stations, detention centres and in prosecution.
StARS: St Andrew's Refugee Services - The Refugee Legal Aid Project
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38, July 26th Street, Downtown, Cairo
Tel: +20 (0)225759451
Email: infostars-egypt [dot] org
Contact(s): Ibrahim Abousenna (Legal Director: iabousennastars-egypt [dot] org), Christopher Eades (Executive Director: ceadesstars-egypt [dot] org)
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8am - 5pm
St Andrew's Refugee Services provides assistance to refugees from 32 different countries. Services are delivered to refugees based on need and without discrimination. The refugees themselves are involved in the administration and staffing of the program whenever possible.
Provides information, counselling, referral, representation, and advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in Egypt. Our legal team works to help individuals and communities understand their rights and responsibilities within the law, to identify and assist refugees with serious and urgent needs, and to support refugees through UNHCR processes including refugee status determination, protection, and resettlement.
Other organisations for your information (you may be referred to):
ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross
MSF: Medecins Sans Frontiers
PSTIC: Psycho-Social Services and Training Institute Cairo
Save the Children