#Ethiopia gets a month’s augmentation to repatriate stranded nationals from Saudi
The Ethiopian government has been allowed one month expansion to evacuate its undocumented residents who are stranded in Saudi Arabia after the slip by of the 90-day due date.
Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, Hailemichael Aberra affirmed the expansion to the BBC on Friday saying “Ethiopia is attempting its best to welcome the people from Saudi Arabia”.
“A taskforce has been set up at a few levels … 110,000 have been enrolled and the others are being urged to enlist to recover their visas and get back home,” Aberra said.
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said a week ago that out of the more than 400,000 natives in the Gulf nation, just 45,000 have returned home.
A taskforce has been set up at a few levels … 110,000 have been enlisted and the others are being urged to enlist to recover their visas and return home.
The administration is encouraging the issuance of leave visas for the returnees and to help encourage the repatriation by means of the national aircraft Ethiopian Carriers.
Local media report that a number of them have complained of inability to afford tickets to leave the nation.
Ethiopia has one of the biggest undocumented vagrants in Saudi Arabia filling in as development and residential laborers.
Saudi Arabia declared in March the 90-day grace period for undocumented migrants to leave the country or face a prison sentence, fines and then deportation after serving the prison sentence.
This takes after a comparable crusade propelled in 2013 that saw more than 2.5 million undocumented transients leave the nation.
The move is a piece of Saudi’s national crusade to free the nation of the gigantic number of illicit vagrants.
Axadle International Monitoring – Africa