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Even in Egypt, Syrian Refugees Struggle to Access Higher Education
Al Fanar Media, 06/04/2015
For Tamer Mohammed Yasser, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee, the idea of getting a university degree is out of the question. He tried. But expenses including books, transportation to campus and meals on the go amounted to more than the roughly $100 he earns every month working as en electrician. Plus, the money is needed at home, where it helps support his mother and two siblings. “It’s hard now,” said Yasser, “because just me and my father are working.” In Egypt, Syrian undergraduates can attend public universities on the same footing as local students—almost for free, aside from expenses and various fees. Yet some refugees like Yasser remain unable to cover even seemingly marginal costs or much more substantial enrollment fees to enter master’s degree or doctoral programs, leaving them in in limbo between a conflict they left back home and prospects for building a bette...
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Employment, detention, and registration: On Syrian refugees in Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 07/04/2015
Couples, children, teenagers and the elderly can be seen coming in and out of Omaya in the Maadi district of Cairo with bowls of ice cream. The small ice cream store at the very end of Street 9 has been open for the past two years, and has both Syrian and Egyptian employees. Outside the small store, customers can see a large photograph of a clean, peaceful looking Omaya Square, located in Damascus, where the owners of the store come from. The location has since seen shelling and mortars in fighting between regime forces and the Free Syrian Army. Whilst a Syrian employee in Omaya says the store and its employees have not been bothered by officials or residents, their experience differs from many of their counterparts. According to UNHCR media spokesperson Marwa Hashem, while many Syrians who have fled to Egypt were able to find jobs, this has not been an easy task due to Egypt’...
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Picture at an exhibition opens a door for young Syrian burns victim
UNHCR , 23/02/2015
CAIRO, Egypt, February 23 (UNHCR) – A picture at an exhibition has helped to change the life of Judy El Khatib, a nine-year-old Syrian girl who had been unable to move her right arm since suffering bad burn injuries four years ago. The young refugee suffered the debilitating injury in Damascus not long after the Syria crisis erupted in March 2011. She was playing in the kitchen when an explosion rocked the family home and knocked a pot of boiling water off the stove and all over her arm. As the security situation deteriorated in Syria, the family sought refuge in Egypt. Judy hoped she could get help and the family approached UNHCR, which has a limited budget to help people in need of medical care. But the refugee agency was unable to do much because the injuries on Judy's scarred arm were classified as only "cosmetic," and funds were needed for more pressing cases. The young g...
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Ms.Tan UNHCREgypt Regional Rep met with the Governor of Marsa Matrouh and government officials in Salloum
AlSaudi News, 14/01/2015
14 January 2015 Ms. Elizabeth Tan, UNHCR Regional Representative, met with the Governor of Marsa Matrouh, Major General Staff Officer Badr Tantawi Al Ghandour, OMDA and government officials in Marsa Matrouh and Salloum in the North Coast of Egypt, to extend UNHCR’s appreciation for the continued support the government has shown to the Salloum camp for over three years. During the visit to Salloum, Ms. Tan attended a ceremony at the Othman Ibn Affan public school, marking the handover of 200 school desks, as part of UNHCR’s support to the local community....
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Exhibition attempts to raise ‘Refugee Voices’
Daily News Egypt, 17/12/2014
In an attempt to offer a visual representation to the experiences that refugees in Egypt go through, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organised a photography exhibition, entitled “Refugee Voices in Egypt: Refuge, Resilience and Exile”. The exhibition, which is hosted by El-Sawy Culturewheel, is a part of a series the UNHCR has been working on....
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In Pictures: Little Damascus of Cairo
Daily News Egypt, 18/09/2014
Restaurants selling shawerma, roasted chicken, tabula, and fattoush are on each corner of the street. In the shops, you can find Syrian-made olive oil, halloumi and labenah cheese, and zataar. The zataar is packed into small bags that read: “Egyptian industry made with Syrian hands.” Syrian and Egyptian families walk in and out of the stores, and gather to eat at the restaurants in what has become known as the “little Damascus”, a Syrian neighbourhood of 6th of October City. - See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/09/18/little-damascus-cairo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DailyNewsEgypt+(Daily+News+Egypt)#sthash.aYLGZIVm.dpuf...
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Guterres praises Turkey for hosting Syrian refugees
Today's Zaman, 06/01/2015
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said that Turkey plays an important role in sheltering Syrian refugees who fled from the civil war. Guterres delivered a speech on Tuesday at the seventh annual Ambassadors' Conference in Ankara, which is organized by the Turkish foreign ministry and attended by Turkish ambassadors serving around the world. He applauded Turkey's hospitality with regard to Syrian refugees. "It is essential to recognize that Turkey has experienced one of the largest refugee influxes in the world of the past few decades," he added. Turkey has provided shelter for about 1.6 million Syrian refugees since the 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria. "This is to a large extent the result of your generous open door policy in relation to Syrian refugees," Guterres explained. He also said that it's possible to mobilize the international community to address the c...
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UN refugee head applauds Turkey for hosting Syrians
Anadolu Agency, 06/01/2015
Speaking at the "Seventh Annual Ambassadors Conference", UN's top refugee official applauded Turkey's hospitality toward Syrian refugees. Turkey plays an extremely important role in the protection of refugees, the UN's top refugee official said Tuesday. Addressing the "Seventh Annual Ambassadors Conference" in Turkish capital Ankara, Antonio Guterres said: "It is essential to recognize that Turkey has experienced one of the largest refugee influxes in the world of the past few decades." Turkey has adopted an open-door policy for civilians fleeing from war in its conflict-ridden neighbors, Syria and Iraq. It has given refuge to at least 1.6 million Syrians since the beginning of the civil war in March 2011, according to UN figures. Ankara also spent more than $5 billion on refugees so far, according to the Turkish Finance Ministry. "This is to a large extent the result of your genero...
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Syria's neighbours need more help to cope with refugee crisis - U.N.
Reuters, 06/01/2015
ANKARA (Reuters) - Countries around the world must do more to help Syria's neighbours cope with the millions of people who have fled the civil war, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday. Over 3 million Syrians have arrived in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq during Syria's nearly four year war. Many now live in abject poverty as another winter bites. Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees, enforced new immigration controls along its Syrian border on Monday to try to stem the flow of people. Guterres said he was concerned about such policies but expressed sympathy for countries that are bearing the brunt of what he says is the worst refugee crisis since World War Two. "We are concerned with these measures but I think these measures should make the international community enhance in a very meaningful way support to host co...
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Turkey, UN sign agreement to assist Syrian refugees
Anadolu Agency, 07/01/2015
Officials said Turkey and UN refugee agency will cooperate to deliver 12 mobile clinics, 10 ambulances and 10 vaccination units. The Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency and UNHCR signed an agreement Tuesday to provide humanitarian services to needy Syrian refugees. Officials said Turkey and the UN refugee agency will cooperate to deliver 12 mobile clinics, 10 ambulances and 10 vaccination units. AFAD Director General Fuat Oktay said the Turkish government has delivered $5 billion worth of aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey. "The financial aid from the international community is $264 million," Oktay added. "$179 million of this aid came from the UN." Oktay also said there are currently more than 1.6 million Syrians hosted by Turkey and 227,000 of them are registered in camps around the country. UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio ...
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