Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ethiopia official says 136k migrants workers returned from Saudi Arabia

(Dec 18, 2013, (ADDIS ABABA))--Ethiopia - An Ethiopian government official says at least 136,000 Ethiopians have been sent home from Saudi Arabia as part of its crackdown migrant workers. Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Dina Mufti, said Tuesday that has left his government trying to cope with the massive number of returning Ethiopians.

In Saudi Arabia, an amnesty period for immigrants recently ended and a crackdown began Nov. 4 targeting the kingdom's 9 million migrant labourers.

Decades of lax immigration enforcement had allowed migrants to take low-wage jobs that the kingdom's own citizens shunned. Saudi authorities grappling with high unemployment now want those jobs for the kingdom's citizens.
By Elias Meseret, The Associated Press

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