Migrants from Ethiopia on their arrival in Palermo after being rescued at sea. Photo: ANSA archive
Migrants from Ethiopia on their arrival in Palermo after being rescued at sea. Photo: ANSA archive

The EU-IOM joint initiative for the protection and reintegration of migrants from the east and the Horn of Africa have increased their support for reintegration measures for migrants from Ethiopia during a meeting last week between local authorities and members of UN agencies.

Last week, the UN agency for migration IOM held a meeting between representatives of the Ethiopian regional government and local stakeholders to discuss standard operating procedures and how the reintegration of migrants can be better adapted to national reintegration plans and related mechanisms. The meeting took place in the Hadiya and Kembata Tembaro zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), which has been hit hard by irregular migration. 


Local development of repatriation procedures 

As the IOM noted in a statement, the organization's standard operating procedures outline repatriation and reintegration procedures, including the roles and responsibilities for those involved. The UN agency developed them to ensure that all the contributions of partners and parties involved can be used to ensure sustainable reintegration and similar standards throughout the world. Since national contexts vary, the IOM believes that global standard operating procedures should be nationalized to better support those repatriated. 

One of the main objectives of this process is to ensure the inclusion and participation of stakeholders in the reintegration process, including those that have had a key role in the area, such as the regional employment and education offices. 

Over 1,000 Ethiopians have returned home since last year 

Since June 2017, the IOM has helped 1,017 Ethiopians return home. The organization is currently developing assistance activities for the reintegration of the first 226 who returned to the SNNPR area. At the beginning of this month, about 77 of those repatriated received support for reintegration in the form of aid for agricultural development. 

Following the meeting last week, other meetings with government and local development associations will be held in the Oromia, Amhara and Tigray areas over the coming weeks. 

The consultations are part of the joint EU-IOM initiative for the protection and reintegration of migrants to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible management of migration through the development of sustainable reintegration policies. 
 

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