Gov’t Airlifts Nearly 1000 Stranded Ethiopians in 3 Weeks

ADDIS ABEBA – Close to 1000 Ethiopians have been repatriated in less than a month from Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and Tanzania, according to ministry of foreign affairs.

The majority of the returnees – 955 – come from Saudi Arabia, said Dina Mufti, spokesperson of the ministry, during his regular weekly briefing on Friday.

The remaining 35 and 5 Ethiopians are from Djibouti and Tanzania, respectively.

The UN migration agency, International Organization for Migration, has supported the latest repatriation effort, Dina said.

The government will continue to bring stranded Ethiopians back to their homeland, he added.

However, the spokesperson has stressed on the importance of identifying pushing factors that are contributing for Ethiopians to illegally migrate to gulf nations.

Dina urged the key government offices and the society to continue exerting their effort “to curb illegal migration”.