29 April 2021


In the MENA region, the numbers of refugees and asylum seekers not only reveal an increase in inflows over recent decades and a sustained necessity to effectively manage them, but they also highlight the urgency of evaluating the 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, several of them are signatory parties to some international conventions that guarantee rights of international migrants, including to SP. Yet access of international migrants to SP is not always observed in practice.

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.

Presenter: Francesca Bastagli, Director, ODI


  • Rafael Osorio, IPC-IG
  • Marina Andrade, IPC-IG
  • Maya Hammad, IPC-IG
  • Lucas Sato, IPC-IG
  • Samman Thapa, UNICEF MENA
  • H. E Nevine El-Kabbag, Minister in Egypt
  • Mrittika Shamsuddin and Rovane Battaglin Schwengber

Moderator: Luigi Peter Ragno, UNICEF Egypt

Webinar materials:


Registrants: 210


Attendees: 99


Youtube views: 202

(until august/2021)