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Syrians in Egypt demand clearer work regulations

Syrians who fled their country and settled in Egypt have so far contributed to the Egyptian economy with more than $800 million, but they have yet to get their papers in order.
Syrians work at a Syrian restaurant in an area called 6 October City in Giza, Egypt, March 19, 2016. Attracting visitors from across the country, a market mostly run by Syrians fleeing the war has recently gained popularity in Giza. The area, in 6 October City, is known as 'Little Damascus' due to its large Syrian population, as well as eateries and shops selling traditional Syrian delicacies.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTSBVU7
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CAIRO — Before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, Abu Abada,* 40, used to manage a clothing store in Damascus. But since escaping to Egypt five years ago, he has struggled to support his wife and three children.

Now employed as a shift manager at the popular and bustling Syrian restaurant “Rosto” in 6th of October City, a satellite suburb to the west of Cairo, Abu Abada works up to 14 hours a day and often still doesn't scrape together enough to pay rent and the rest of his expenses, which he points out have almost doubled since Egypt devalued its currency in November 2016.

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