ILO briefs young Ethiopian diplomats on Labour Migration

The International Labour Organization (ILO,) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) of Ethiopia engaged more than 80 young Ethiopian trainee diplomats to brief them about existing challenges on labour migration and opportunities in an era of global socio-economic transformation.

Press release | 24 July 2015
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) The jointly organized workshop was held at Elilly Hotel in Addis Ababa on 21, July 2015 at a time where the issue of labour migration in Ethiopia has taken centre stage starting with the forced repatriation of Ethiopians from KSA in 2013/14 and recently with the brutal killing of several Ethiopian migrants in Libya by the ISIS group.

Against this backdrop, the government of Ethiopia worked on adopting policies and laws on protecting the rights of labour migrants as well as on managing returnees. In tackling these issues, ILO has been working with the MoLSA and MoFA to develop policies, legislations and interventions on various levels of the migration process.

As part of the broader program, the ILO Country Office for Ethiopia and Somalia, together with the MoFA, organized a briefing session for young Ethiopian trainee diplomats to better understand issues of labour migration and its implication on development. The keynote presentation made by Mr Ephrem Getnet, National Project Coordinator at the ILO in Addis Ababa, outlined the general issues of labour migration including the push and pull factors that contribute to labour migration as well as highlight current ILO programs being implemented around the issues.

The event was attended by more than 80 young trainee diplomats and was directed by Ambassador, Dr. Desta W. Delkasso of MoFA. The Ambassador emphasised the urgent call facing all stakeholders concerning the returnees while expressing the need for further collaboration between the Government of Ethiopia and ILO. Dr. Desta thanked the ILO County office for its continued and unwavering support in mitigating the crisis.

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