Syrian refugees residing in Egypt have added nearly $800 to the country's economy since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. This contribution of these refugees to Egypt's economic growth was highlighted in a report recently published by the United Nations Development Program, titled "Jobs make the difference."
More than five million refugees have fled Syria and settled in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. In Egypt, figures suggest that 120,000 Syrians are officially registered, even though governmental sources estimate the actual number to be closer to half a million, the Egypt Independent newspaper said in a summary of the report. The influx of people, in addition to the private capital and expertise, has fueled the growth of businesses in the country, with over $800 million injected into the economy through investment, technical skills and business enterprises.