Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First group of Ethiopians arrived Addis Ababa

(Nov 13, 2013,(Addis Ababa))--The first group of Ethiopians arrived at Bole International Airport safely this afternoon (November 13, 2013.) The Ethiopian Ambassador in Riyadh also announced Tuesday (November 12) that a number of  Ethiopian workers without documentation had now handed themselves over to the Riyadh police.

The Saudi authorities are now arranging for their repatriation. The Ambassador, Muhammed Hassan said that as many illegal workers were unsure about how to proceed when the amnesty ended, the Ethiopian Embassy has held discussions with the Saudi authorities and made arrangements to enable such citizens to hand themselves in.

Under the agreement, the workers would be kept at various holding centers until they could get exit visas. Embassy had assisted 38,199 workers to correct their employment status during the amnesty period which ended on November 4.

The Ambassador said embassy officials and volunteers, together with various Saudi government agencies, were working to get travel documents for the workers. He said Ethiopia had been one of the first countries to request an extension of the initial amnesty so that citizens would benefit and correct their status, but where this was not possible the embassy began preparations for them to return home.

The Ambassador, who sent his condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives on Saturday, said the weekend clashes had occurred because illegal workers had been frustrated because they had no way to surrender to the police.

They had taken to the streets to voice their concern and this had led to clashes with some youths in the neighborhood. Such confrontations and clashes were “unacceptable,” he said, adding that “the safety and human rights of all people should be respected.” 
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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