Ethiopian government commits to stopping irregular migration – ENA English

Addis Ababa, June 26, 2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Justice reiterated the government’s commitment to better migration management, the implementation of international agreements and laws to stop irregular migration.

The Second Annual National Conference on Migration Research opened today in Addis Ababa.

The two-day conference is organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with GIZ and Save the Children.

Opening the conference, Minister of State for Justice Belayhun Yirga underlined the importance of research in fueling accurate decision-making on migration management and responding to crimes on the ground.

The Minister of State reiterated the government’s commitment to better management of migration and the implementation of international agreements and national laws to stop irregular migration and respond to illegal acts.

He noted that the government has also been encouraging legal migration to different countries as part of efforts to better manage and respond to irregular migration.

It was highlighted that the Ministry of Labor and Skills has facilitated overseas employment opportunities for more than 300,000 citizens in this financial year.

The government, in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, has been working on the repatriation of Ethiopian migrants and reintegration activities in their countries of origin. In the last five years, at least 500,000 Ethiopian immigrants have been repatriated, it said.

The State Minister also stated that the government has been taking vigorous measures to establish executive bodies, coordinate stakeholders, pass international laws and promulgate national laws and take law enforcement measures against criminals.

It was learned that at least a dozen legal frameworks, including the Constitution, are in place to govern and respond to migration and related crimes in Ethiopia.

Serawit Handiso, head of the Research and Extension Office of the Ministry of Education, emphasized the importance of ensuring that research findings, not only in migration but in all fields, are directly applicable to decision-making in the world. real.

To solve this challenge, the ministry’s office coordinates the collection of research results for decision makers.

To address the challenge of impracticality, the Ministry’s research unit is actively synthesizing research results from various sources to equip decision makers with the necessary information.

According to him, most of the research carried out especially on migration in Ethiopia lacks institutional support and is not practical to incorporate into decision making.

Last year, the First National Conference on Migration Research was held at Wachamo University in central Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is a complex migration hub, serving as a country of origin, transit and destination for refugees with a vast network for migration management, including 29 migration zones, 14 border exit gates and 135 transit points, and migration irregular prevails in several regions, including Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, central Ethiopia and Sidama, it was indicated.

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