Social stability by protecting individuals

The Netherlands and Egypt work on regional stability and reducing levels of violence and fear. Our common goal is to protect people on the move, to decrease human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants.

Countering human trafficking

The Netherlands, IOM Egypt and the Egyptian government jointly work on countering human trafficking, by building capacity and raising awareness for relevant national stakeholders and host communities. This partnership contributes to decreasing irregular migration and enhancing protection of people on the move.

(One of the most profitable crimes in the world. Its profits have reached $150 billion per year. Its main commodity is not weapons or drugs. Its main commodity is humans. Human trafficking. A crime with over 40 million victims around the world, including men, women and children.)
(Its purpose is exploiting humans in various forms. Such as forced labour under conditions of slavery, such as imprisonment, long working hours without rest, without holidays, poor wages and inhumane conditions. Trafficking for organ removal. Individuals are exploited with the purpose of removing their organs either through coercion or deception.)
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(Contractual marriage. During which a girl's guardian or family forces her to go through a temporary marriage for monetary returns.)
(A girl in a bridal gown.)
(Trafficking for sexual exploitation. Through threatening or extorting the victim.)
(A woman looks with fearful eyes.)
(Exploitation of homeless children is also one of the forms of human trafficking. This form of human trafficking includes multiple violations, because children may be exploited in forced labour, such as begging or drug dealing, or for the removal of their organs.)
(Any one of us, in a vulnerable moment, can become a victim of human trafficking. The trafficker depends on the victim's vulnerabilities, difficult circumstances or lack of awareness of this type of crime. And sometimes, the trafficker or the broker is a person close to the victim and relies on emotional deception.)
(And uses repetitive mechanisms, such as isolating the victim from the outside world, constantly changing their location, threats, psychological abuse and physical violence.)
(The Egyptian Law number 64 of 2010 protects victims of human trafficking and punishes perpetrators of this crime with penalties that could reach lifelong imprisonment. If you have been subjected to any of the forms of human trafficking or suspect that someone else has been, do not hesitate and report it to the authorities or call the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood's hotline on 16000.)
(On-screen text: Together against Human Trafficking. Under the auspices of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons. The International Organization for Migration logo. The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Aranzad logo and the text: Special thanks to the actor Asser Yassin.)


The Netherlands, UNHCR, UNICEF, ILO, IFC and the World Bank are working together in Egypt within the framework of PROSPECTS, an international partnership programme. The Partnership aims to expand education and socio-economic opportunities for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities. These efforts contribute to achieve better protection of these vulnerable people.

prospects egypt
Introducing to you the team working on the PROSPECTS Partnership from The Hague and our embassies in Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Sudan, and Uganda. Together with their country teams represented by UNHCR, UNICEF, ILO, IFC and the WB, they are working hard to improve prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced persons.

Multinational Force and Observers

The Netherlands supports regional efforts in bringing peace and stability. Over 100 service members  are added to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula, which include monitoring Egypt’s borders. The partnership with MFO contributes to encouraging regional stability and countering violent extremism.

MFO Egypt