IOM Ethiopia at a Glance
The IOM’s presence in Ethiopia goes back to 1995 and Ethiopia became a member of IOM in 2011.
The Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
- Over 180 staff members
- The Mission in Ethiopia has offices in Addis Ababa and Sub/field-offices in Assosa, Gambella, Jijiga, Moyale and Shire
IOM in the Region
IOM Ethiopia last week safely relocated 425 South Sudanese refugees by boat and bus from Akobo-Tergol to Pugnido camp in Gambella region 430 km away. The two-day journey for the ethnic Anuak refugees included a nine-hour, 130 km boat trip from Tergol to Burbeiy and an overnight stay en route. Read More
- Two months after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) started its crackdown on irregular migration, the operation to repatriate Ethiopian irregular migrants from the Kingdom continues, with over 151,000 already returned home. Since the outset IOM has provided the returnees, over a third of whom are women and children, with emergency medical assistance, food, essential items for those in dire need, and reintegration allowances to help people to return to their areas of origin. Read More
IOM’s popular Forum Theatre play ‘Mutach’ or ‘The Last One’, has started a tour of rural villages with high levels of irregular migration in the Amhara, Tigray and Oromia regions of Ethiopia.As the number of Ethiopian irregular migrants returning from Saudi Arabia passes 154,000, the show aims to help potential migrants to understand the risks of irregular migration.Read more
The Government of Ireland has donated €100,000 towards the ongoing IOM post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The donation will help to provide post arrival medical assistance, meals, transportation with in Addis Ababa and onward transportation cash allowance to the migrants. Read More
- The British Ambassador to Ethiopia H.E Greg Dorey paid a visit on December 12 2013 a tBole International Airport to observe the post arrival humanitarian assistance given to Ethiopian returnees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Read More
- IOM is appealing for USD 13.1 million to address the needs of a projected 120,000 returning Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The numbers of the returning migrants is increasing rapidly and there is an urgent need to provide round the clock assistance. As of Thursday 5 December, over 100,000 migrants had been received by the Government of Ethiopia. Out of these, IOM provided direct assistance to over 90,000 individuals. The arrivals continue at over 7,000 migrants per day. Read More
- The number of IOM assisted Ethiopian returnees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reached 40,212 on Wednesday this week. Subsequent to the KSA crackdown on undocumented migrants, the Government of Ethiopia requested IOM’s assistance to 30,000 migrants might return home. The exact number of Ethiopian migrant workers in the KSA is still unknown. However, based on the current information from the Government, the number is expected to be more than 80,000 returnees. The number of chartered planes that bring Ethiopian migrants has also risen from six flights per day up to 20 flights. Read More
- Visiting the Ethiopian migrants who have returned from Saudi Arabia on November 13 and 14, the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom had a dialogue with returnees on their experience and assured them of the Government commitment to return all those who are currently in the detention centers. The Minister also stated that there are currently more than 23,000 Ethiopians in Saudi camp which are awaiting return. The Minister stated that the Government of Ethiopia through the Embassy in Riyadh will bring back the migrants by chartering flights from the Ethiopian Airlines. The number of returnees could reach up to 2,000 per day. Read More
- The Migrant. On this issue:
Post_Arrival Assistance to Ethiopian Returnees
Ethiopia Marks International Migrants Day
The Reintegration of Former Combatants of BPLM Officially Launched
Coordination and Networking to Assist victims of human trafficking
- KSA Post- Arrival Assistance to Vulnerable Ethiopian Migrants Returning from Saudi Arabia. Read the Report
International Organization for Migration
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 146 member states, and committed to the principle of humane and orderly migration benefits all.
IOM works to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need including refugees and internally displaced people.