The government of Ethiopia announced a start-up budget to help thousands of Ethiopian illegal migrant workers returning home from Saudi Arabia.
Two Ethiopian officials twitted the decision. Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adnahom, active on twitter, twitted this morning that the government “allocated 50mln Birr startup budget [for] returnees’ evacuation & rehabilitation from Saudi.” Zenebu Tadesse, minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs on her part twitted, “In important Cabinet meeting now. We decided to spend 2 million EUR for rehabilitation of returnees from Saudi.” Dr. Tedros added more funds will follow soon.
In related news, Ethiopian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammed Hassan Kabiera told media around 23, 000 Ethiopians have so far surrendered to Saudi Police. So far a little over 500 Ethiopians have returned home with the help of the government, with more returnees expected to join them.
Editor’s note: Addis Standard’s Dec. edition will have a cover story on this topic.