Ethiopia to Get First Migration Policy Soon

ADDIS ABEBA – A National Anti-trafficking and Smuggling Taskforce of Ethiopia said on Thursday that the government is preparing a national migration policy.

The policy, which will be the first for the country, aims to curve the issue of illegal migration in a more organized way.

During a consultative workshop on illegal migration, the task force established under the auspicious of federal attorney revealed that the policy’s preparation is at the final stage.

Head of the taskforce, Fetia Seid told the participants that the new policy would guide government’s action regarding the issue of migration.

“This new policy will help the government to formalize its engagement with actors working in the areas,” Fetia added.

Preparation of the policy has started a month ago with the assistance of attorney general office and 13 other government and non-government institutions.

The taskforce is also engaged in creating a comprehensive national migration database, together with the Central Statistical Agency (CSA). It could be completed within three months, she said.

“Once it is completed, our anticipation is it will minimize the current haggling of information seekers to get distinct information concerning the number of migrants and returnees,” Fetia said.

By Sisay Sahlu