Sahar Aly heads the new Egyptian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (EGC), which opened in Cairo at the beginning of November. During a conversation she talks about what the centre does – and why she has high hopes for it.
Ms Aly, what exactly does the new centre do?
We empower people to find better job opportunities, and thus to earn an adequate and sustainable income. This could be a permanent job or it could mean starting a small business. We also help Egyptians returning from Germany and other countries to reintegrate here, both socially and economically. And finally we provide advice on how to migrate via the correct channels and the dangers involved in illegal migration. Our main target group is young people, but our services aren't exclusively aimed at them.