Ethiopia is since mid-November facing a massive return of migrants deported from Saudi Arabia. Current figures for arrivals to Addis have surpassed 90 000 with more than 5 000 new arrivals every day.
Around 7 000 people need to be accommodated every night in the six transit centres opened by the Government of Ethiopia and supported by different aid agencies such as IOM, IRC, UNICEF, ICRC and ERCS. Around 40% of the returnees are women, out of whom 95% are either pregnant or lactating mothers. Around 5,000 children, among whom 170 unaccompanied minors, have returned too.