Palestinian refugees have been denied access to vital services and relief assistance in the Egyptian territories.
Palestinian refugees have been subjected to a fragile legal and humanitarian status in Egypt, where they are treated as foreigners rather than asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones.
Palestinian refugees, particularly those who fled war-torn Syria, have been denied the right to legal visas, refugee documents, safe accommodation, basic services, and relief assistance in the Egyptian territories.
Those who illegally entered Egypt via the Sudanese borders have been denied the right to free movement, education, and labor, among other basic necessities.
Human rights data indicates that the number of Palestinian refugees from Syria in Egypt in 2018 was estimated at 3,500, down from over 6,000 in previous years. Some 500 refugees illegally entered Egypt through Sudan.
Over recent years, human rights watchdogs have kept urging the Sissi-led Egyptian government to protect the right of Palestinian refugees to legal and physical protection, as per the Refugee Convention of 1951, and to hand them over cash and in-kind aids, along with refugee cards, in order to enhance their situation in the Egyptian territories.