In an effort to curb the rising tide of abuse and exploitation of Ethiopian migrants, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a temporary freeze on citizens traveling abroad for employment. The temporary ban has been issued to prevent abuse and even killings of many Ethiopians who have travelled abroad for work. The ban is intended to remain in force until legal, administrative and institutional gaps in foreign employment have been addressed. The Ministry also announced that foreign employment agencies have had their licenses suspended for an indefinite period. The he Ministry said that these measures had become necessary because previous efforts by the Government to ensure the rights of Ethiopian workers abroad had failed to achieve their aim. Ensuring safe working remains one of the priority areas of the government. To that end, the Government has set up a high level task force to coordinate the country's efforts to combat illegal migration and human trafficking and guarantee safe working conditions that protect the basic rights of Ethiopians working abroad. The temporary freeze on foreign employment travel and suspension of foreign employment agencies is expected to speed up improvement of working conditions for Ethiopians working overseas.
Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)
Ethiopia: Government Announces Temporary Ban On Traveling Abroad for Work25 October 2013
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