Last week, hundreds of Ethiopians arrived in Addis Ababa from Saudi Arabia, among the first group of about 100,000 Ethiopians to be returned from the kingdom in the coming months, according to AFP correspondents.
A total of about 900 people, including many mothers with children, arrived in the morning and afternoon at Addis Ababa International Airport, the International Organization for Migration said.
“The returnees were assisted…registered, food, temporary accommodation, medical assistance and counseling services,” the UN agency said in a statement, a copy of which was published in Arabic.
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry announced that it will return about 100,000 of its citizens from Saudi Arabia during the next seven to eleven months, under an agreement recently concluded between the two countries.
The majority of the arriving women wore the traditional black cloaks in the kingdom, and some covered their faces with the niqab.
The International Organization for Migration stated, “Meeting the requirements of 100,000 returnees will be a huge challenge for the government and the organization.”
“Around 750,000 Ethiopians currently reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” according to the group.
It is possible that around 450,000 have traveled into the country by irregular means and will need assistance to return home.”