On 6 December, local media reported that Egypt’s army and border guards arrested 100 irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers attempting to enter Libya through Egypt’s Western frontier. The arrested, who include five Sudanese, were caught while passing through mountainous valleys near Egypt’s North Western border city of Salloum. They were also accused of trespassing on an off-limits military area. •
On 15 December, a total of 19 deportees from Egypt arrived in Cairo from Italy. An additional two Egyptian deportees arrived in Cairo from Lebanon and one from the U.S. The Egyptian nationals deported from Italy admitted to having entered irregularly by sea, the three others irregularly resided in Lebanon and the U.S. •
On 23 December, local media reported that Egypt’s army arrested 151 irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers for attempting to cross into Libya through Marsa Matrouh governorate in the North Western area of Egypt. 145 were Egyptian and six are Sudanese.
During a visit to Minya, the Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Minister, NabilaMakram, said that the governorate was the first Egyptian exporter of minor children to Europe and she affirmed that Italy is home to more than 4,000 Egyptian children who migrated there irregularly.
On 7 December, Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Minister, Nabila Makram, highlighted the importance of addressing the issue of irregular migration, noting it as being a security issue. •
On 15 January 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that Egypt’s inter-ministerial National Coordinating Committee to Combat and Prevent Illegal Migration (NCCPIM) launched its first annual report. Speaking at the launch of the report in Cairo, NCCPIM head Ambassador Naela Gabr, thanked IOM for its support, its role in developing Egypt’s national anti-smuggling law, and its awareness raising campaign to inform young Egyptians of the risks and dangers of irregular migration. The report addressed the achievements and challenges of the 2014-2015 NCCPIM National Action Plan, and future plans to develop a National Strategy for 2016-2018