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31 Dec 2013 description

Following the new Saudi Foreign Labour Law restrictions were enforced in mid-November 2013, nearly 150,000 Ethiopian migrants returned to Ethiopia. Although the daily rate of arrival decreased from the high of 5,000 to around 22 returning migrants per day as of the end of December, the total figure continues to increase, with limited information on how many Ethiopian migrants remain in Saudi detention centers. Of the arrivals, 410 were unaccompanied minors.

30 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • Some 3,122 people have arrived in Ethiopia fleeing the violence that broke out in South Sudan on 15 December.

  • The daily arrival rate of Ethiopian migrants repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has significantly decreased over the past few weeks. Humanitarian assistance to the returnees continues.

  • The Ministry of Health, with the support from partners, continues to respond to the measles outbreaks around the country.

26 Dec 2013 description
report Caritas

Makeda Yohannes, Communications Officer for the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (Caritas Ethiopia), reports on how Caritas is providing aid after tens of thousands of Ethiopian migrant workers are expelled from Saudi Arabia

Thousands of irregular Ethiopian migrant workers have been arrested and deported from Saudi Arabia. More than 127,000 returnees have arrived in Addis Ababa.

24 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ed McKenna

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 21 2013 (IPS) - The return of 120,000 young undocumented migrant workers from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia has sparked fears that the influx will worsen the country’s high youth unemployment and put pressure on access to increasingly scarce land.

As a result, a growing number of young Ethiopians are choosing to migrate to Sudan to circumvent an indefinite travel ban slapped by the Ethiopian government last month on Ethiopian workers traveling to Middle Eastern countries.

24 Dec 2013 description

The Government of Ireland has provided €100,000 to assist IOM’s ongoing post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new funding will be used to provide post arrival medical assistance, meals, transportation within Addis Ababa and onward transportation to their hometowns and a cash allowance.

23 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • IOM continues to face a funding gap to assist the Ethiopians repatriated from Saudi Arabia. Some 144,507 people were so far repatriated, nearly a fivefold increase on the 30,000 people initially expected to return.

  • An estimated 40,000 Kenyans crossed into Ethiopia’s Moyale woredas , fleeing inter-communal conflict in northern Kenya. An Incident Command Post (ICP), led by the DR MFSS, was established to co ordinate the humanitarian response.

18 Dec 2013 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 18 December 2013 (IRIN) - When Mohamed Yusuf left his home town in Ethiopia for Saudi Arabia a year ago at the age of 17, he thought life would change for the better. Instead, a difficult and unprofitable stay in Saudi Arabia ended when he was among the nearly 137,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants deported by the Saudi authorities to date.

16 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • Renewed inter-communal conflict in northern Kenya drives thousands into Ethiopia’s Moyale area. The Government and partners are assessing the situation to identify needs and plan for possible interventions.

  • The Ministry of health and health partners continue to respond to the on-going dengue fever and measles outbreaks.

  • IOM reports substantial funding gap to cover the costs for the post-arrival assistance being provided to the Ethiopians repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

13 Dec 2013 description

Ambassador Greg Dorey visited the reception center receiving Ethiopian returnees deported from Saudi Arabia, as UK contributes $1 million

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, HE Greg Dorey, has visited today the reception centre that is accepting Ethiopian returnees being deported from Saudi Arabia at Bole International Airport.

06 Dec 2013 description

Ethiopia - IOM is appealing for USD 13.1 million to address the needs of a projected 120,000 returning Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The numbers of the returning migrants is increasing rapidly and there is an urgent need to provide round the clock assistance. As of Thursday 5 December, over 100,000 migrants had been received by the Government of Ethiopia. Out of these, IOM provided direct assistance to over 90,000 individuals. The arrivals continue at over 7,000 migrants per day.

06 Dec 2013 description

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.

03 Dec 2013 description

Ethiopia - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Ethiopia are working together to manage the influx of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ethiopia’s Bole International Airport receives an average of 7,000 migrants every day, as the Ethiopian government works around the clock to facilitate organized movement of its citizens from Saudi Arabia. Over 75,000 migrants have returned to Ethiopia since the operation began on 13 November 2013.

02 Dec 2013 description

By Fekadu Ethiopia, Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Katherine Mueller, IFRC

The decision by the Government of Saudi Arabia to crack down on illegal immigrants is causing ripple effects at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Daily flights between the two countries have doubled to accommodate a rapid influx of Ethiopian returnees. An estimated 40,000 returnees arrived over the span of a few days and that number is expected to increase to 80,000.

26 Nov 2013 description

Ethiopia is currently facing a massive return from migrants deported from Saudi Arabia. Around 18 000 people would have returned in the last two weeks and it is expected that about 80 000 in total could be returning in the coming days and weeks. For the time-being, people are contained within the airport in transit centres waiting notably for their luggage which contain all their belongings to arrive.

26 Nov 2013 description

IOM Ethiopia has assisted over 21,000 Ethiopian returnees arriving home on Ethiopian government charter flights from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) over the past 12 days, following a KSA crackdown on undocumented migrants.

Ethiopia began bringing migrant workers home from the KSA on November 13th. It is now flying up to 12 charters a day from the KSA to Addis Ababa.

24 Jun 2013 description

NAZARETH – A ceremony here today marked the donation of 867 metric tons of dates, valued at US$1.7 million (31 million Birr) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations World Food Programme.

The dates, destined for distribution among school children and refugees in various camps across Ethiopia, were officially handed over from WFP to the government of Ethiopia at WFP’s sub-office in Nazareth town, in the presence of officials from the Saudi Embassy and government of Ethiopia.