IOM to repatriate 400 Ethiopians from Malawi
ESAT (October 26, 2015)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it would repatriate 400 Ethiopian immigrants from Malawi with the funds obtained from U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM).
The migrants were caught for entering Malawi illegally en route to South Africa.
Hundreds of Ethiopian detainees in Malawi suffer from precarious sanitary condition, inadequate food, infectious disease, lack of water, and overcrowding. Their health is deteriorating, the report obtained from IOM indicated.IOM also thanked Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians (GARE) for donating 10,000 to repatriate Ethiopians.
Speaking to ESAT, the Washington, DC IOM President and CEO, Luca Dall’Oglio said that 10% of these detainees were minors and would be transported during the first phase.
Luca Dall’Oglio said some 250,000 would be needed to repatriate 400 Ethiopian immigrants languishing in Malawi prisons. Most of the fund was provided by United States Association for International Migration (USAIM).
Asked about what the Ethiopian government contributed to repatriate the immigrants, Luca Dall’Oglio said that the Ethiopian embassy facilitated travel documents for these Ethiopians. Ethiopian Airlines would also make fare concessions for transporting the returnees.
Several Ethiopians were repatriated from Yemen and Malawi. In August, IOM repatriated some 800 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen. Similarly, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières/ (MSF) said it repatriated 200 Ethiopian detainees in Lilongwe, Malawi since November 2014 for “undocumented status”. The report indicated that most of these migrants were “on the way to South Africa to flee harsh poverty and make a better life.”
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians are currently in a precarious condition in Kenya, Yemen, South Africa, Malawi, Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
ESAT previously reported extensively the precarious situation Ethiopian immigrants faced in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya and South Africa.