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Ethiopia Brings Back 1,038 More Citizens from Saudi Arabia

ADDIS ABABA – Additional 1,038 Ethiopian migrants have arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday as authorities continue repatriating citizens from Saudi Arabia for the second day this week.

The Ministry of Women and Social Affairs said three planes aboard 1, 038 Ethiopians have landed at Addis Ababa Bole International on different occasions today.

At least 158 children were among the repatriates, said the Ministry.

It said all the returnees were taken to a shelter centres “where they will be getting care and support”.

Authorities started the ongoing repatriation push on March 30, 2022 with a target to repatriate at least 102,000 of its citizens who are held in Saud’s detention centers and prisons within eleven months.

Including today’s arrivals, a total of 31, 236 citizens have been repatriated.

The operation, involving nine flights a week will continue for the next six months, the foreign ministry officials said last week.

The International Organization for Migration is providing support the repatriation effort which involves receiving, rehabilitating and sending returnees to their respective localities in dignity.