Nation Airlifts 437 Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia, Beirut

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has repatriated 463 of its citizens from Saudi Arabia and Beirut on Thursday, according to the Ministry of foreign affairs.

Among them, 293 are from Saudi Arabia, said the Ministry in a statement which says Senior Government officials accorded a warm welcome to the returnees at Bole International Airport.

Thursday’s repatriation is the Secord in this week after authorities airlifted 132 migrants from Beirut, capital of Lebanon.

Wednesday’s returnees are among the 3289 migrants scheduled to return to Ethiopia in the 9th round of the repatriation of migrants from Beirut.

Many Ethiopians left their home to find work in Lebanon often in a precarious way with hopes of earning US dollars and supporting their families back home.

Lebanon’s current economic crisis has left many of these migrants without work and forcing them to travel back home. Reports claim that an estimated 150,000 Ethiopian women in Lebanon, most having flocked there in search of jobs that pay as little as $150 a month.