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CAIRO - 5 April 2020: Egypt has adopted a successful and effective policy in dealing with the file of illegal immigration and supporting refugees in light of its commitment to relevant international charters, according to the Cabinet media center.
The cabinet released on Monday an infographic on Egypt's success in suspending the flow of illegal immigrants and controlling land and maritime borders, in addition to outlining legislation that combats the immigrants' smuggling, highlighting Cairo's efforts to support refugees and immigrants of various nationalities.
The infographic shed light on Egypt's success and its turning into a world model in fighting illegal immigration and supporting refugees, referring to the international praise of Cairo in handling both files.
The report reviewed the state's efforts to combat illegal immigration at the local level, noting that the first national strategy to combat illegal immigration was launched in 2016 along with the issuance of Law No.82 for the Year 2016 which criminalized illegal immigration and stipulated punishment for those involved in any illegal activities.
It also mentioned the national coordination committee on fighting illegal immigration and human trafficking upon articles of such law.
The report also focused on the efforts exerted by the ministry of migration to implement the initiative of Rescue Boats which worked on increasing the awareness of the society about the risks of illegal immigration and the safe means for migration to foreign countries.
The report said a budget of EGP 250 million has been allocated in the state's budget for 2020/2021 to support 70 villages nationwide to set up projects for youths. The initiative contributed to establishing projects worth EGP 55 million, the report noted.
Egypt has not recorded any case of illegal immigration since 2016 according to Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.
last February, on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2019, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi spoke about Egypt’s successful experience in controlling illegal immigration and countering terrorism especially in Sinai.
He added that Egypt did not ask for any aid from European countries, and managed by its own to stop illegal immigration. “Not even one case was recorded since September 2016,” Rady stated. He explained that the Egyptian authorities were keen to end illegal immigration and to curb the cases of illegal immigration deaths.
Rady affirmed that Egypt now has good experience in combating terrorism and extremism through various aspects, “In addition to combating extremism through military and intelligence cooperation, we also work on correcting misconceptions regarding moderate Islam,” Rady explained.