Ethiopian Foreign Minister: Poverty leads Ethiopians to immigrate Saudi Arabia

12/11/2013(Mareeg.com)Ogadentoday Press)- Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr.Tedros Adhanom has expressed concerns about the situation of Ethiopia citizens in Saudi Arabia; a mid Saudi Arabia government has taken a crackdown against foreign immigrants and thousand have been jailed.

According to Reuters, two Ethiopians immigrants are shot by the Saudi Police of anti-immigrants.
Ethiopia has condemned strongly the massive crackdown against foreign immigrants and summoned the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia.

Speaking on the medical College graduation ceremony in Addis Ababa (,St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College) Dr.Tedros Adhanom said that poverty leads Ethiopian youth to immigrate Middle East, Saud Arabia in order to work.

It is a shocked, and our government is preparing to repatriate the immigrants back to Ethiopia, the minister stated. A refugee agency, UNHCR has put the total number that reached to Yemen this year 62,000, and said in the statement mostly are Ethiopians who risk their lives to cross Gulf of Aden.

However Many believe Ethiopian immigrants are not only forced by the poverty back in their home, but political atmosphere of their country play a big role about the immigration route to middle east.

According to study, most of immigrants are from Oromo region in Ethiopia where government accuses the population supporting a rebel group, OLF, Oromo Liberation Front, many other Ethiopians are also accused of supporting opposition parties in Ethiopia.

In Yemen, many fled from Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia where conflict between, ONLF, a rebel group fighting for self determination of Ogaden and government troops are taking place.

Ethiopian immigrants are found, In Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa.

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