Dutch Minister Broekers-Knol hails Egypt’s efforts to tackle illegal immigration

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CAIRO – September 27, 2021: Dutch Migration Minister Ankie Broekers-Knol praised Egypt’s efforts to tackle illegal immigration during her meeting on Sunday with Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs , Badr Abdel Aty.

Broekers-Knol affirmed his country’s will to strengthen cooperation frameworks with Egypt in efforts and approaches to fight against illegal immigration and address its various dimensions.

She also underlined the willingness to cooperate with Egypt in the implementation of development projects in order to create employment opportunities, organize training and rehabilitation programs between the two parties and strengthen cooperation in the field of technical and vocational training.

Egypt has not recorded any case of illegal immigration since 2016 according to Egyptian authorities.

Egypt has adopted a successful and effective policy in handling the case of illegal immigration and supporting refugees in light of its commitment to relevant international charters, according to the Cabinet media center last April.

The cabinet released an infographic in April on Egypt’s success in halting the flow of illegal immigrants and controlling land and sea borders, in addition to showcasing legislation that tackles immigrant smuggling, highlighting efforts of Cairo to support refugees and immigrants of various nationalities.

The infographic highlighted Egypt’s success and its transformation into a global model in combating illegal immigration and supporting refugees, making reference to Cairo’s international praise in handling both cases.

The report reviews 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 with the enactment of Law No. 82 for the year 2016, which criminalizes illegal immigration and provides for penalties for those involved in illegal activities.

He also mentioned the national coordinating committee on combating illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings on the articles of this law.

The report also focused on the efforts of the Migration Department to implement the Lifeboat Initiative which has worked to raise awareness in society about the risks of illegal immigration and on safe ways to migrate to foreign countries.

The report states that a budget of EGP 250 million has been allocated in the state budget for 2020/2021 to help 70 villages nationwide to set up projects for young people. The initiative has helped create projects worth EGP 55 million, the report notes.

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