Saudi expels thousands of Ethiopian refugees

imagesFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – SAUDI Arabia plans to deport up to 500 000
Ethiopian nationals living illegally in the Asian country.
They are a significant population of the estimated 10 million migrant
Should the expulsions be carried out—as during an earlier expulsion of
irregular migrants in 2013, many thousands of Ethiopians who should have refugee protection could be forcibly returned home to face the persecution they fled.
During the 2013 expulsions, over 160 000 Ethiopians were returned.
Saudi Arabia has no refugee law and no asylum system. It is not a party to the United Nations Refugee Convention.
While many of the Ethiopians in Saudi come for economic reasons, a
significant number arrived after fleeing serious abuses at the hands of
their government.
Other Ethiopians have fled to Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia.
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians, many of them from the Oromia region, have fled the country since November 2015, the start of a year of bloody protests.
Security forces killed over 1 000 protesters, and detained tens of
thousands more.
Youth were targeted, torture was widespread in detention, and the future remains uncertain for many young Ethiopians.
Earlier in August, the government lifted a state of emergency that had
been in effect for ten months.
– CAJ News

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