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Ethiopia Gears Up for Major Repatriation Effort from Saudi Arabia over 70,000 people to be brought home

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louis Buyisiwe

Mar 22, 2024

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Director General of Refugees and Returnees, Tayba Hassan, on her part, stated that the relevant institutions and regional states should pay special attention to the work of returning our citizens who are in difficult situations.  The members of the National Committee confirmed that they will make the necessary arrangements to complete the plan on time, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The members of the National Committee confirmed that they will make the necessary arrangements to complete the plan on time, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the upcoming commencement of a significant repatriation operation, aiming to bring back 70,000 Ethiopians facing hardships in Saudi Arabia. The initiative, set to begin within two weeks, marks the third phase of a larger repatriation effort led by State Minister and Ambassador, Birtukan Ayano.


During a session with the National Committee, which Ayano chairs, the comprehensive plan for the repatriation was outlined, emphasizing the need for seamless cooperation among federal entities and regional governments.


The operation's success hinges on thorough preparation, including securing sufficient funding, logistical arrangements, and establishing adequate shelters for the returnees upon their arrival in Addis Ababa.


Tayba Hassan, the Director General of Refugees and Returnees, echoed the importance of dedicated support from all involved institutions and regional bodies to ensure the smooth reintegration of Ethiopians returning from challenging conditions abroad.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Committee members have pledged to expedite the necessary preparations to ensure the timely execution of this critical humanitarian mission.


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