Egypt Boosts Cooperation with EU to Confront Illegal Migration

Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine el-Kabbaj with the EU and Frontex delegation (Egyptian government)
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine el-Kabbaj with the EU and Frontex delegation (Egyptian government)
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Egypt Boosts Cooperation with EU to Confront Illegal Migration

Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine el-Kabbaj with the EU and Frontex delegation (Egyptian government)
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine el-Kabbaj with the EU and Frontex delegation (Egyptian government)

Egypt is enhancing its cooperation with the EU to confront illegal migration by “expanding programs to support youth economically and prepare them for the labor market.”

Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine el-Kabbaj said on Saturday that illegal immigration is a real challenge to nations, aside from the development challenges they face that threaten the youth and their moral, professional, and family stability, who are not protected.

Kabbaj explained that illegal migration presents additional economic and social burdens on countries and people hosting immigrants and refugees.

The Egyptian government held a workshop in Cairo on the best practices for returning and reintegrating immigrants in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, the National Committee to Combat Illegal Migration, the EU, and the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (Frontex).

In 2019, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi directed the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs to coordinate with the relevant authorities to launch the “Survival Ships” initiative to raise awareness of the risks of illegal migration.

The initiative aimed to achieve a decent life for Egyptians, protect them from the dangers of illegal immigration, and increase awareness of the risks of migration among students.

According to the Egyptian government, Kabbaj confirmed that the Social Solidarity ministry is intensifying its efforts in the poorest areas by expanding cash support programs.

The number of beneficiaries increased from 1.7 million families in 2014 to 5.2 million in 2023, with 22 million citizens.

The families will also be integrated into health insurance services, free education for their children, and food and commodity support cards to the beneficiaries.

It would also enhance the economic empowerment programs by providing financing, loans, and vocational and technical training to qualify youth cadres for the labor market.

The Council of Ministers also referred to the role of the Ministry of Social Solidarity in addressing the effects of immigration, including receiving groups returning from abroad, integrating them into rehabilitation programs for the labor market, and reintegrating them into society.

The government is developing a comprehensive intervention plan for each individual through an integrated perspective that considers the psychological, family, social, and economic aspects and family stability.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity is implementing development programs on citizenship, focusing on spreading awareness of the dangers of illegal immigration, said the Minister, noting that it allows for proactive steps.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons confirmed that the workshop aims to benefit from the experiences of other countries.

Head of the National Committee Naela Gabr said that the event helps prepare a national mechanism to clarify the role of each ministry and national committee.



Israel Carries Out New Raids in Gaza as Netanyahu Visits US 

This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
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Israel Carries Out New Raids in Gaza as Netanyahu Visits US 

This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)

Israeli forces carried out new raids in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to address the US Congress.

The latest Israeli attacks destroyed homes in towns east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza and thousands of people were forced to head west to seek shelter, residents said.

The Palestinian Civil Emergency Service said it had received distress calls from residents trapped in their homes in Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Younis, but were unable to reach the town.

Israel's military, which is trying to eradicate the armed group Hamas after the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, said it had been operating in areas from which fighters had been able to fire rockets into Israel and attack Israeli troops.

Gaza health officials said Israeli military strikes in the past 24 hours had killed at least 55 people, the latest casualties in a war that health authorities in the enclave say has killed more than 39,000 Palestinians.

"Where should we go? Shall we cross into the sea?" said Ghada, who has been displaced with her family six times during the war, said from Hamas City in northwestern Khan Younis.

"We are exhausted, starved, and want the war to end now, now not an hour later. Every day means more families are wiped off the registration book," she told Reuters via a chat app.

Local residents said they had been ordered to head west towards a designated humanitarian area, but that the area was now unsafe.

Israeli forces also carried out airstrikes on several areas of central and northern Gaza Strip, killing and wounding several Palestinians, health officials said.

Residents of Rafah, near the border with Egypt, said Israeli forces had blown up several houses in the west of the city.

PALESTINIANS CRITICISE U.S.

Hamas-led fighters triggered the war on Oct. 7 by storming into southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking 250 captives, according to Israeli tallies. Some 120 hostages are still being held though Israel believes one in three are dead.

Some Palestinians who gathered at a hospital in Khan Younis before funerals criticized the United States, Israel's most important international ally, for welcoming Netanyahu.

The Israel leader was due to address Congress later on Wednesday and to meet President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would meet Netanyahu in Florida on Friday.

"The United States is a main partner in what is happening in Gaza. We are being killed because of the United States. We are being slaughtered by American planes, American ships, American tanks, and American troops," said Kazem Abu Taha, a displaced resident from Rafah.

A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Reuters: "The Congress invitation to Netanyahu to make a speech gives legitimacy to the crimes of the war of genocide in Gaza. Receiving a war criminal is a shame to all Americans."

Israel has rejected accusations brought by South Africa at the UN's top court that its military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide campaign against Palestinians. It has reacted angrily to a decision by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to seek an arrest warrant against Netanyahu.

Netanyahu said this week a deal to release Israelis held captive in Gaza could be near. But Hamas officials said Netanyahu was stalling and that they had not seen any change in the Israeli stance that would allow an agreement to be reached.

Hamas wants a ceasefire agreement to end the war in Gaza. Netanyahu says the war cannot end before Hamas is eradicated.