Third of Egyptians are living in informal areas: Population Council

Around third of Egypt’s population are living in informal areas nationwide, director of the Population Council’s Egypt office, Nahla Abdel-Tawab said Tuesday.

Abdel-Tawab made her remarks in a conference to announce the details of the Survey of Young People in Egypt (SYPE) for 2016, conducted by the Population in cooperation with the country’s state statistics agency, Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

The survey is on the informal areas in Greater Cairo, in Cairo, Giza, and Qalyubia, involving around 2947 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 from 3600 households, she stated.

The Survey of Young People in Egypt 2016 aims to develop policies and programmes that meet the Egyptian youth’s needs, based on reliable data about the challenges young people face, Abdel-Tawab said.

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