NRC, IOM partner with Ethiopian government to provide COVID-19 aid at quarantine centres

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working alongside the Ethiopian government to provide hygiene kits and other essential items to more than 15,000 Ethiopian returnees.

 “In the past four months, more than 22,500 migrants have returned to the country due to a lack of opportunities brought on by COVID-19,” read a joint statement by the NRC and IOM.

“Close to 16,600 have returned mainly via land crossings from transit countries such as Somalia, Djibouti, and Sudan, where many stay looking for work before making the perilous journey east to the Arab Peninsula, or north to Europe via North Africa,” it added.

Of the returning migrants, many are vulnerable women and children languishing at quarantine sites who have been provided with critical emergency assistance in the country’s fight to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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