Ethiopian migrants at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar Es Salaam | Credit: IOM
Ethiopian migrants at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar Es Salaam | Credit: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said it obtained the release of 67 irregular Ethiopian migrants detained in Tanzania, who were repatriated to Ethiopia thanks to the cooperation between the two governments and the UN agency.

The IOM in Tanzania has reportedly obtained the release and return to their country of 67 irregular Ethiopian migrants detained in Tanzanian jails. 


The UN agency for migration said in a statement that last week all the irregular migrants were taken away by IOM personnel from prisons in Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam. The personnel helped them with travel documents and preparations for their return. 

During the trip from Dar es Salaam to Addis Abeba, which is the capital of Ethopia, the migrants were accompanied by delegates from Ethiopia's foreign ministry and the department for immigration, together with personnel from IOM's office in Ethiopia. 

Assistance in repatriation 

Before their departure and in line with repatriation procedures of IOM, all 67 migrants had medical visits. They were provided with clothes and cleaning products. 

They were helped depart from the international airport Julius Nyerere in Dar es Salaam. Upon their arrival in Addis Abeba, they were welcomed by IOM's team in Ethiopia, which provided support after their arrival with psychological and medical assistance and an orientation session. 

The head of IOM's mission in Tanzania, Qasim Sufi, expressed appreciation for the cooperation between the governments of Tanzania and Ethiopia for the efforts of the organization's staff to ensure the release of all 67 migrants who were detained for several months in a number of prisons in Tanzania. 

More cooperation necessary 

Gerald Kihinga, Tanzania's general commissioner for immigration, thanked IOM for its constant support to the Tanzanian government in managing migration in the country. 

He urged more cooperation and coordination between the governments of Tanzania and Ethiopia to deal with the growing number of Ethiopian migrants crossing into Tanzania illegally.

The return of the 67 migrants was made possible through financial support provided by the project ''Improving the Protection of Migrants, Horn/Gulf of Aden/Yemen, Phase VIII'', funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) of the US State Department and managed by IOM Ethiopia. 

 

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