Over 3200 Ethiopians Repatriated from Saudi Arabia this week

ADDIS ABABA – A total of 3, 230 Ethiopians have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia this week as officials continue to bring back citizens to their country for eleven consecutive weeks.

The country carried out nine flights from the Gulf nation to Addis Ababa to bring back Ethiopians, who were suffering from hostile conditions in Saudi Arabia detention centers.

The flights, conducted in three days, have airlifted 3, 230 Ethiopians including 13 children back to their country, the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA) reports.

The returnees are male migrant workers who had been detained for illegal entry into the Gulf nation, says the Ministry. The repatriation effort involves receiving, rehabilitating, and sending returnees to their respective localities in dignity.

The latest returnees are in shelter centers where they are receiving care and support, said MoWSA, before sending off to their respective localities.

The ongoing repatriation push started on March 30, 2022, with a target to repatriate at least 102,000 of its citizens who are living in dire situations in the gulf nation within eleven months.

Including this week’s arrivals, a total of 38,853 Ethiopians have so far been repatriated, MoWSA says, adding the operation will continue next week.