Inclusive Social Protection for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Myth or Reality?


In the MENA region, the numbers of refugees and asylum seekers not only reveal a drastic increase in inflows over recent decades and a sustained necessity to effectively manage them, but they also highlight the urgency of evaluating the relevant elements of national policy and legislation against a sound migration governance framework and a more inclusive SP system.

While the constitutions of many countries in the region do not explicitly recognise SP rights of migrants in their territories, a number of them are signatory parties to some of the main international conventions that guarantee rights of international migrants, including to SP. Yet access of international migrants to SP, including social assistance, social insurance, and labour market programmes, is not always observed in practice. In the case of social insurance for example, the coverage is contingent on reciprocity agreements with each migrant’s country of origin.

The webinar offered an assessment of global practices on the access of international migrants and their families to national SP systems and aimed at informing the policy debate on extending SP to international migrants in the MENA region, especially in Egypt. More broadly, the objective was to provide answers to and reflections on the following three questions:

  1. To what extent do national SP systems have the capacity to integrate migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers?
  2. How are other countries ensuring the right to SP for all, especially the most vulnerable?
  3. What is the potential to extend SP to migrants in MENA, with a focus on Egypt?



Rafael Osorio, Research Coordinator, IPC-IG, to present his opening remarks on behalf of the IPC-IG

Marina Andrade, Maya Hammad, and Lucas Sato (all IPC-IG) to present findings from the IPC-IG and UNICEF paper

Samman Thapa, Social Policy Regional Adviser, UNICEF MENA

H. E Nevine El-Kabbag, Minister of Social Solidarity Egypt

Mrittika Shamsuddin and Rovane Battaglin Schwengber (Brazil case study) to present the results from the paper “Integration of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Brazil”



Luigi Peter Ragno, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Egypt