EMPOWERING RETURNEES, CREATING DECENT JOBS.
Today, there are an estimated 244 million international migrants around the world.
Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more workers and their families to cross borders in search of employment and security. Migrant workers contribute to growth and development of countries of origin and destination. The recent mass-deportation of undocumented migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia captured attention of governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental actors alike.
Between November 2013 till March 2014, 163,018 of Ethiopians were forcefully repatriated. The majority of the returnees came back empty handed and many of them experience severe hardships during their stay and up on repatriation which caused them medical and psychological problems. However, the reintegration of these returnees was largely unaddressed and still remains at a very infant stage.
In order to address these challenges, the ILO in close collaboration with MoLSA has developed a project called “Support for the Reintegration of Returnees in Ethiopia”.