NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Thursday
interrogated 29 Ethiopians after being arrested in a
security operation at Ruaraka’s residential estate in
divisional police commander Robinson Mboloi said the
foreigners who were found being transported in a truck
in Ruaraka area were to get shelter in the area before
leaving for South Africa where they were promised jobs.
Ethiopians are under interrogation to know more about
their movements. They don’t have documents to warrant
their being here,” Mboloi said. The Wednesday’s night
arrest is the latest in a series to be busted by police.
immigration officials have decried increased cases in
which Ethiopians are nabbed in the country while on
transit to either Tanzania or South Africa.
difficulties in dealing with them because they cannot
speak in Swahili and English.
occasions, Ethiopian illegal immigrants have been
discovered locked up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns
and cities but the trade continues to thrive even as
many were repatriated.
authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for
the runaway of the 29 foreigners into Kenya through
Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders
the driver of the lorry was also arrested in the
operation. It is not clear when they left the Moyale
border and how they managed to evade many roadblocks on
47 illegal migrants from Mozambique
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Forty-seven Ethiopians that
had been imprisoned in Mozambique for illegal entry
arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.
Ethiopians are also expected to arrive later on
Thursday, according to a statement issued by the
Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The 54 men
were en route to South Africa with the help of
traffickers before they were detained in Mozambique for
illegal entry, the ministry said.
individuals, who were released after a series of
discussions between the Ethiopian embassy in South
Africa and the government of Mozambique, are repatriated
in partnership between the International Organization
for Migration and the Ethiopian government, the
had previously announced the repatriation of close to
150 Ethiopians in another southern African country,
growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the
dangers of human trafficking by the Ethiopian
government, it is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians
are trafficked to South Africa annually, where they are
mainly engaged in the informal economy.
also coordinating the repatriation of its nationals from
Libya, where they are subjected to various challenges
that include slavery.
Ethiopians have recently arrived to Addis Ababa as part
of the first round of the Ethiopian government’s effort
to repatriate its citizens from the north African
intercepts 55 illegal Ethiopean immigrants
LILONGWE (Xinhua) --
Malawi’s Department of Immigration and
Citizenship Services intercepted and arrested 55
Ethiopian nationals early Friday, who had attempted to
enter the country illegally, authorities said.
Public relations officer for the country’s
Immigration Department, Joseph Chauwa, said the illegal
immigrants are believed to have come from Malawi’s
neighboring Tanzania and had attempted to enter through
the country’s lake shore district of Nkhata Bay in
Four Malawian nationals who are suspected to have
aided the Ethiopians’ illegal entry were also arrested,
According to Chauwa, one of the arrested Malawian
national said the illegal immigrants were heading for
Dzaleka refugee camp, in Malawi’s central region
district of Dezda, from where they were later to proceed
to South Africa.