Deputy Prime Minister and President of the National Migration Council ask for collaboration to combat irregular migration – ENA English

Addis Ababa, June 25, 2024 (ENA) It is essential to strengthen the coordination of efforts to prevent illegal immigration and human trafficking, which are threats to the security of nations and citizens, said the deputy prime minister and president of the National Migration Council, Temesgen Tiruneh. .

The National Migration Council, chaired by the deputy prime minister, held its annual consultative forum today.

Opening the forum, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Migration Council, Temesgen Tiruneh, called for strengthened collaboration to address irregular migration and human trafficking.

Temesgen recognized that the movement of people from one place to another is a natural and constitutional right and expressed concern about the increase in human trafficking.

In his words, Ethiopia is under great pressure on migration due to its unique position as an origin, transit and destination of immigrants.

The deputy prime minister and president of the national council revealed that Ethiopia provides protection to more than 1 million migrants and asylum seekers.

However, he expressed concern for Ethiopian migrants facing problems in other countries.

He mentioned that Ethiopian immigrants are becoming victims of human trafficking and illegal border crossing by organized criminals.

Noting the threat that criminal groups pose to human and national security, Temesgen noted that Ethiopia is also the recipient of these threats.

Human trafficking and smuggling are causing physical and psychological harm to Ethiopian migrants, he said.

Temesgen revealed the staggering profits traffickers make, generating billions annually from these illegal acts.

He therefore urged a multi-pronged approach and cooperative effort by all stakeholders to protect the human rights of migrants and safeguard the national security of the country.

The deputy prime minister and president of the national council also emphasized the need to address the underlying root causes, including socio-economic and political issues, that are driving irregular migration.

He stated that Ethiopia has passed international agreements and enacted national laws to establish better migration management.

Additionally, the country is implementing national laws to prevent and suppress human trafficking and illegal border crossings, he added.

In addition, he recalled the establishment of a National Migration Council, a collaborative body composed of regions and federal institutions, to ensure a coordinated approach to migration management.

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