Current Research Projects

  • Under the EU-funded "Refugee Entitlements in Egypt" Project, CMRS carried out a mapping exercise of the legal rights of refugees in Egypt. Eight different entitlements were chosen for the analysis, namely the rights to family unity and reunification, employment, education, health, housing, detention and expulsion, access to courts, and documentation. Following the mapping exercise, field research was carried out with refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt to examine how accessible these rights were in practice. The result of the mapping exercise and field research, which were conducted over a period of 21 months, is a 322-page report that was published in 2018 on CMRS website. Moreover, within the framework of this project, CMRS conducted 20 individual training sessions on the eight legal entitlements covered within the report with nine different refugee communities, and created a series of videos and brochures on the eight different legal entitlements to be distributed on CMRS social media and to stakeholders across Greater Cairo.

  • Building on the findings of the Refugee Entitlement project and to further understand the development in the policies since the writing of the Refugee entitlement report in 2018, CMRS is currently undertaking further research with regard to three areas in particular: Protection, Employment, and Education. The research, which is funded by the International Labor organization (ILO), is taking place in three governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, and Damietta.

  • The purpose of the project is to enhance the production and dissemination of knowledge in the area of mixed migration information for policy formulation. CMRS is entrusted to bring together scholars from the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and develop the first academic network among mixed migration scholars from the region. During fall 2021, CMRS brought together seven scholars working on mixed migration issues from six countries in the MENA region (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sudan). During the period, the network members produced five policy briefs covering, the findings of which were presented in a public webinar involving key stakeholders concerned with mixed migration in the region. In spring and summer 2022, CMRS will carry out training directed to young scholars of the region with the ultimate hope of building their capacity in this area. At the same time, CMRS will work on sustaining and expanding the network.


  • This project will bring together the Egyptian Government and all stakeholders in the country to form a migration hub for sharing experiences, build confidence, and to form a common baseline of understanding of the context and the policy options available.

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  • In fall 2017, the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) partnered with the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and the Association marocaine d’études et de recherches sur la migration (AMERM). This partnership enabled CMRS to research access to birth registration and consular assistance for migrants and refugees in Egypt. The research was conducted through fall 2017 and spring 2018 in Egypt with migrants and refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Syria. The research investigated migrant, and refugee identification needs focusing primarily on access to birth registration for children born to these migrants in Egypt. The findings of the research are published in a sixty-two pages’ report entitled “Preventing Statelessness among Migrant and Refugee Children in Egypt”, the results of which were disseminated at a conference organized in Cairo on October 7th, 2019. The report and the policy brief based on it were translated into the Arabic language.

    From January 12-16, 2020, CMRS organized a five-day intensive short course entitled ‘Statelessness: Theories and Practices”. The course was co-taught by Bronwen Manby, Senior Policy Fellow at the Middle East Center of LSE and Zahra Albarazi, Senior Researcher at the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. The topics covered by the course included theories of nationality and statelessness, relevant legislation and policy (international, regional, and domestic), the causes of statelessness and the links between statelessness and other issues including human rights, displacement and migration.

    During the year 2020, CMRS carried out twenty awareness-raising sessions for the main five refugee communities in Egypt to help them understand the procedure of birth registration and related matters in Egypt. Twenty-awareness raising sessions were carried out during the period May 2020-January 2021. In addition, CMRS produced brochures in the different languages highlighting the main important points discussed in the sessions. Last but not least, CMRS initiated a media awareness campaign through producing promotional videos.  The different videos provided brief background on the refugee definition, the conditions that could lead to statelessness, and the process of obtaining different identification papers in Egypt. 

    Since 2021, CMRS is collaborating with Boston University’s International Human Rights Clinic, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs of the American University in Beirut (AUB), Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati). The collaboration is for the purpose of initiating a platform to end statelessness in the region and strengthen research and advocacy