The government of Ethiopia is providing support to Ethiopian workers residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with no work permits following the expiry of the amnesty period from last Sunday (November 3). The Government is actively working through the Ethiopian Embassy in Riyadh to repatriate Ethiopian citizens. Following the expiration of the grace period for overseas workers who have no legal status, there have been reports that an Ethiopian migrant was killed and other Ethiopians were subject to mistreatment.
The Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held discussions with Muhammed Ibrahim Alshugairan, Charge de Affairs of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Addis Ababa, and sought an explanation regarding the killing of an innocent Ethiopian national and the treatment of other Ethiopian citizens.
The Charge d’Affairs said he would bring the issue to the attention of his government and promised an explanation soon. The Ministry expressed its strong belief that any problems occurring in relation to Ethiopian citizens residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should be handled in the light of long-standing relations between the two friendly countries.
The Ministry would like to express its respect for the decision of the Saudi Authorities and the policy of deporting illegal migrants. At the same time, it condemned the killing of an Ethiopian and mistreatment of its citizens residing in Saudi Arabia.
The Government is closely following the condition of Ethiopian nationals in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has deployed extra staff to help in the legal work required by the Saudi Authorities and provide support for Ethiopian workers residing in Saudi Arabia with no work permits as well as assist Ethiopian migrants where required.
Embassy and consular officials are providing the necessary information to Ethiopian citizens on how to deal with their problems and helping citizens, visiting deportation centers and police stations if any Ethiopian nationals are being held.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Nov. 8, 2013, titled “Government helping Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia”.