1,040 More Ethiopians Repatriated from Saudi Arabia today

ADDIS ABABA – At least 1,040 Ethiopian have returned home from Saudi Arabia, authorities say, as the government continues its weekly repatriation effort on Monday.

About 300 women and 90 children are among the returnees today, said the ministry of Women and Social Affairs.

“The new arrivals have been taken to shelter center where they are now receiving care and support,” the ministry added.

The ongoing repatriating push was launched on March 30 with a plan to bring 102,000 Ethiopians, who are living in dire situations inside Saud’s detention centers, back to their home country.

To date, authorities have brought more than 22, 640 Ethiopian nationals back to their home nation.

Government’s repatriation campaign is scheduled to continue for the next six months and involves three flights a day for three days every week.

The campaign, apart from returning citizens, includes permanently rehabilitating the returnees in their respective regions.

Authorities are working closely with International Organization for Migration (IOM) which appealed some $11 million US Dollars to assist the government’s effort to receive, rehabilitate and send returnees to their respective localities in dignity.

An estimated 750,000 Ethiopians currently reside in Saudi Arabia. About 450,000 of them are likely to have travelled to the gulf nation through irregular means, according to reports.

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