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Surviving in Cairo as a closed-file refugee: socio-economic and protection challenges

Nourhan Abdel Aziz

Working paper, 36 pages

Using data generated from 29 focus groups with 186 closed-file and rejected asylum seekers residing in Cairo, as well as interviews with community leaders and service providers, this report explores their livelihood experiences by focusing on their socio-economic conditions and protection challenges. Discussions focused on the important aspects of livelihoods which include housing, education, health and employment. Their legal status, access to justice, and experiences of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) were also explored. In spite of the barriers that many of them routinely face, the target groups communicated their coping strategies that help them survive in Egypt and overcome the structural barriers they face as a consequence of their legal status.

Publication information

  • IIED code: 10837IIED
  • Published: Aug 2017 - IIED
  • Area: Egypt
  • Theme: Urban
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-497-2
  • Language: English

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund

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