As of March 2020, 258,433 refugees and asylum-seekers from 58 different nationalities are registered with UNHCR in Egypt. Syrians remained the largest group with roughly 130,000 refugees, composing 50 per cent of the overall refugee and asylum-seeker population. The majority of refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt prior to the outbreak of COVID19 were already very vulnerable, and therefore started immediately feeling the impact of the changed environment. Refugees live in urban areas, mostly in overcrowded accommodations with inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. Amid the Government of Egypt’s (GoE) measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, many refugees and asylum- seekers have lost their sources of income.
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