50,000 Ethiopians return home

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50,000 Ethiopians return home

Addis Ababa, July 6, 2017 (FBC) –Taking advantage of the extended migrant amnesty, undocumented Ethiopians living in Saudi Arabia are returning home, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Recently, Saudi Arabia extended the 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants by additional 30 days.

Meles Alem, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said yesterday that 50,000 Ethiopians have so far returned to their country of origin.

All Ethiopian who have had tickets to leave Saudi are expected to arrive here today, he said, adding efforts are also underway to repatriate Ethiopian nationals using both Ethiopian and Saudi Arabian airlines.

About 111,000 Ethiopians have so far secured exit visas to return home.

Saudi Arabia extended the 90-day amnesty by additional one month following Ethiopia’s request for so, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was extended by a month to allow undocumented migrants who failed to take advantage of the 90-day amnesty due to various reasons to return to their respective countries.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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