UN official warns mass deportations risk spread of coronavirus to the region
Saudi Arabia is reportedly stepping up the deportation of thousands of Ethiopians, including some who are suspected of suffering from coronavirus
The Ethiopian government is set to receive over 3,000 Ethiopians deported from Saudi Arabia after the kingdom took the measure in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. Continue reading Ethiopia to Receive Thousands of Deportees from Saudi Arabia
The release comes after a request by Ethiopian prime minister during an official visit to Riyadh, Ethiopian media reports.
Saudi Arabia reportedly agreed to release Ethiopian nationals ho have been in prison for various offences.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offenses Ethiopian state-affiliated media said. Continue reading Saudi Arabia to Release 1,000 Ethiopian Prisoners
Persecution and hardship in the Oromia region drives tens of thousands of migrants each year to cross the Red Sea from Djibouti, in a bid to reach the Gulf
Deadly journeys: Ethiopians at the IOM transit center in Obock, Djibouti, waiting to return home. People on the road to Obock told the Guardian that friends had perished en route. (Photo: Charlie Rosser)
TOM GARDNER | THE GUARDIAN
We met in the desert,” says Badru Mohammed, gesturing at his three companions. The four Ethiopian boys pause for breath and refreshment beside the road, grasping their plastic water bottles tightly as they sip, careful not to waste a drop. The Djiboutian sun is still low in the sky but the road is already hot. They have more than 200km left to walk and their plastic sandals are disintegrating. Continue reading How Despair Drives Young Ethiopians to Flee to Yemen
Ethiopians continue to look outside of their “double-digit growing” country for better life
Not even the prolonged conflict and insecurity in war-torn Yemen can deter them from their search of better life.
LISA SCLEIN | VOA NEWS
The United Nations migration agency reports that thousands of Ethiopian migrants continue to make the perilous journey to war-torn Yemen in search of better economic opportunities despite the dangerous security conditions.
Despite the ongoing war and general insecurity in Yemen, the country remains a major transit point for thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa.
Continue reading Yemen Conflict Doesn’t Deter Ethiopian Migrants
Ethiopians constitute 26% of those who entered the country illegally. An estimated 400,000 Ethiopians believed to be living in Saudi Arabia.
A group of undocumented Ethiopian workers have said they were subject to serious abuses by Saudi police before they were expelled, including physical and psychological torture and being forcibly held in “dirty” prison camps.
Undocumented Ethiopian migrants who are being forcibly deported from Saudi Arabia by the thousands in a new crackdown say they were mistreated by authorities while detained.
In interviews with The Associated Press upon their arrival home, the returnees described beatings, theft and stays in dirty prison camps. Their accounts brought to light one of the world’s busiest and most dangerous migrant routes but one that remains overlooked amid the larger rush toward Europe.
Continue reading Over 96,000 Ethiopians Returned from Saudi Arabia, Allege Abuse
More than 100,000 migrants that reached Italy in the last four years claimed to be Eritreans but many were not. It is found that around 40% are Ethiopians, using fake Eritrean identity to obtain political asylum.
FAUSTO BILOSLAVO | VOX NEWS
At the reception centres I have visited in the past year, at least one third of Eritreans are frauds. The majority of them are Ethiopians from the Tigray region, who speak the same language and have similar somatic traits to our own.” Continue reading The Scam of Fake Eritrean Refugees Who are Actually Ethiopians
Devastating consequence. Concern over the humanitarian impacts of returning another 500,000 Ethiopians back to the country with endemic poverty, increasing drought and terrible human rights violations.
FELIX HORNE | NEWSWEEK
Saudi Arabia has announced plans to expel migrants working or living illegally in the kingdom. Illegal migrants have been ordered to register their intention to leave with the Saudi authorities by August 24 or face detention, fines and eventual deportation. Continue reading Half a Million Ethiopians Face Saudi Arabia Expulsion
Why were they fleeing to Yemen? Is it because of its proximity and the perception of Yemen as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe? or is there something else?
ELIZA MACKINTOSH | CNN
Refugees and migrants hoping to reach oil-rich Gulf countries — many of them teenagers — are increasingly traversing a dangerous sea route to Yemen, despite the conflict raging there.
The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before.
Continue reading Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen