About 15,000 Returnees Benefit From EU-Funded Project In Ethiopia

ethiopian_saudiAbout 15,000 migrants have benefited from a project launched three years ago to rehabilitate and reintegrate returnees in Ethiopia.

This was revealed at a consultative forum organized yesterday in Ethiopia by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Aida Awel, Chief Technical Adviser on Labour migration for the ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan briefed participants about the project.

The project that was launched in 2015 with five million Euros has benefited 15,000 returnee Ethiopian migrants in Amhara, Oromia and Tigray regional states, she said.

They were provided with life skills and vocational skills training programs in the areas of their interest as well as based on the demands of the local market, the advisor said.

The project also facilitated returnees’ access to finance through linkage with microfinance institutions, she said.

The project was launched through funding from the EU following the repatriation of Ethiopian migrant workers from Saudi Arabia in 2013.