Daniel Berhane

Only 5 out of 100 urban dwellers applied for DV Lottery in Ethiopia this year.

Every year this time, it is a commonplace among the Ethiopian opposition media to spin on the ‘high number’ of Ethiopian applying for DV Lottery. They even use it as a showcase to contradict reports of Ethiopia’s economic progress.

However, the Wall Street Journal revealed today that only 580,000 Ethiopians applied for DV Lottery this year. Though this is the 4th highest number, following Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ukraine where 7.67million, 1.47million and 760,000 applied, respectively.

The number of Ethiopians who applied is just  4.5% of the Urban population and 0.6% of the total population.

DV Lottery data - Wall Street Journal
Data of Applicants from All Countries
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