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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Ethiopia repatriates 47 illegal migrants from Mozambique         

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Forty-seven Ethiopians that had been imprisoned in Mozambique for illegal entry arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Seven other 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.

The 54 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 statement said.

The ministry had previously announced the repatriation of close to 150 Ethiopians in another southern African country, Zambia.

Despite a 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.

Ethiopia is also coordinating the repatriation of its nationals from Libya, where they are subjected to various challenges that include slavery.

Twenty-one 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 country. 

           

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