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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Fact Sheet. October 2021

Type
KMH Good and Innovative Practice Series
Country
Saudi Arabia
Region
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Organization
IOM Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa
Year
2021

Since May 2017, IOM has electronically registered 421,709 returnees Ethiopians, this factsheet presents their profiles, as well as key data pertaining  return and reintegration in the KSA.               

Background: In April 2017, the Government of Saudi Arabia launched a campaign titled ‘A Nation without Violations’, granting all irregular migrants an amnesty period of 90 days to leave the country without facing penalties. After multiple extensions, the amnesty period ended in November 2017. Since then, many Ethiopians have been arrested, detained and sent back to Ethiopia on chartered flights. Returnees arrive at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, where they are registered by IOM staff before continuing on to their destination. IOM also provides travel support to the most vulnerable migrants. IOM teams have registered a total of 428,451 returnees since April 2017, although the organization estimates that returns to Ethiopia following the decree are likely to be even higher. Since May 2017, IOM has electronically registered 421,7091 returnees whose profiles are presented in this factsheet. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns were temporarily halted on 22 March, and resumed on 3-13 April, 2-8 June and since September 2020.