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Egypt’s immigration, endowments ministries cooperate in fight against illegal immigration

The Egyptian Ministry of Immigration has signed cooperation protocols with the Ministry of Endowments and the church as part of efforts to combat illegal immigration.
Unemployed Egyptian men play a video game at a cafe in the capital Cairo on October 8, 2015. North Africa and Middle East regions still have the highest unemployment rate in the world, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) report published on October 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO  / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — As a part of the Survival Ships initiative that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had launched to combat illegal immigration in December 2019, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram and Minister for Religious Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa signed a cooperation protocol Oct. 26. The protocol is designed to benefit from the efforts the Endowment Ministry’s scholars deployed to raise religious awareness of the dangers of illegal immigration in the governorates that are most affected by this phenomenon.

Makram said in an official statement released by the Cabinet Oct. 26 that the Survival Ships initiative aims to fight illegal immigration and provide safe alternatives in the governorates that are most affected by this phenomenon, through training sessions and awareness campaigns among the youth in cooperation with the concerned ministries and state institutions.

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