26 February 2018

Ethiopia: More Than 110 Refugees Depart for Italy Through Humanitarian Corridor Program

Some 113 refugees of Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan left for Italy today to start a permanent new life.

A total of 500 refugees living in Ethiopia will benefit from the Italian Humanitarian Corridor Program by the end of November 2018, representatives of the program said.

At a joint press briefing the representatives of the Humanitarian Corridor Program said promoting global community-based migration intervention is important to minimize the impacts of illegal migration.

According to the representatives, policies and projects aimed at fighting poverty and supporting refugees are important for sustainable and peaceful coexistence.

The refugees who left for Italy will join the 25 sent by the program in that country earlier.

Deputy Director for Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), Zeynu Jemal said the global community-based approach is among solutions in preventing illegal migration and human trafficking.

He also said Ethiopia and Italy have been implementing various programs to improve the lives of refugees and to protect migration, adding that the Humanitarian Corridor Program is one of the examples showing the commitment of the Italian government in supporting Ethiopia's migration management activities.

Zeynu noted that the Ethiopian government welcomes similar initiatives as sign of increased commitment and burden sharing to alleviate the plight of refugees.

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