Who Asked Them Anyway? Rights, Policies and Wellbeing of Refugees in Egypt.


This project documents and analyzes the assumptions upon which refugee policy has been based, the impact that policies themselves have in either relieving hardship or continuing dependency, and assesses whether refugee policy may be based on incorrect assumptions about the role that refugees play in the social and economic fabric of Egypt. The research went beyond the simple documentation of refugee-related policy and the position of Egypt, to examine the intersection of policies that directly and indirectly affect the lives, conditions, and opportunities available for refugees.

The introduction sets out the methodological challenges and constraints of the research as well as concepts used in the study. Chapter 2 examines the political and structural environment of refugee policies in Egypt and presents the different actors and institutions and their respective roles and responsibilities. Chapter 3 of the report considers refugees' own perspectives on the forced migration policies in Egypt and how they impact on their rights. It also presents findings of refugees' mobilization around gaining access to rights and the consequences for the refugee regime in Egypt. The last part of the report discusses the feasibility of establishing rights-based policies for refugees considering the complexities of bottom-up decision-making process.

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DRC Research Reports, Sussex, UK, DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, 60 pp.

Who Asked Them Anyway? Rights, Policies and Wellbeing of Refugees in Egypt.

Published 1 January 2006