"To ensure an institutional mechanism to unifying national concepts."
Numbering close to 10 million, Egyptian expatriates have become a priority for the Ministry of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, which has just announced that a huge conference titled, 'Egyptian Entities Abroad', will be held in Cairo on the 12th and 13th of July, with the aim of shedding light on issues faced by Egyptian expats, as well as establishing direct contact between the government and representatives of various Egyptian expat communities abroad.
Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Minister, Nabila Makram, stated on Sunday that she is eager to get the largest number of expats to participate in the conference, in which investment opportunities will be discussed, as well as 'national identity issues'. Assistant Minister, Mazen Fahmy, further elaborated that the conference is set up to ensure an 'institutional mechanism to unifying national concepts', and added that proposals by expats in the fields of investment, national projects, and tourism, will be taken into consideration, reports Egypt Independent.
This new interest Egyptian expat communities comes in light of Egypt being ranked as the fifth highest receiver of remittance in the world, with inflow from Egyptians working abroad amounting to around $29 billion in 2018.
The majority of Egyptian expats, over 6 million, live in neighboring Arab countries, with Saudi Arabia being the biggest host of Egyptian expats - around 3 million Egyptians work in the kingdom alone. Jordan is second with just over 1.5 million, while between 1 and 1.5 million reside in the United States, followe by UAE and Canada, with 750K and 250K Egyptians respectively.