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Ethiopia refugee law faces backlash

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 21, 2019) Ethiopia’s new refugee law which grants more rights to refugees, such as work permits and access to education, faces opposition from the Anywaks of Gambella who said the law did not take the reality in the region into account. Gambella is host to most of the about 900,000 refugees the country is ...

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    Ethiopia hosts second largest refugee population in Africa, says UNHCR

    ESAT News (October 18, 2018) The UN refugee agency said Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018. The UNHCR said between January and August 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea. The agency said it requested a funding of ...

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      EU to expel Ethiopians: leaked document says

      ESAT News (December 7, 2017) A leaked document obtained by the Addis Standard says the European Union and the Ethiopian regime are close to signing an agreement to return Ethiopians in Europe who have not been granted refugee status. The document says the Ethiopians will be returned voluntarily or otherwise. Meanwhile, the African Union says it now plans to repatriate ...

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        Ethiopia: Spy agency use UN budget, vehicles to persecute dissidents

        By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 9, 2017) The Information Network Security Agency (INSA), Ethiopia’s spy agency, is using UN budgets and vehicles with UN tags to conduct surveillance, intimidation, arrest and to even carry out executions of dissidents in Ethiopia, according to well placed ESAT sources. The UNHCR and the Ethiopian regime have a joint programme called the Administration ...

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          UNHCR staff in Kenya accused of demanding bribes, sexual favors by Ethiopian political refugees

          ESAT News (October 10, 2017) Staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nairobi, Kenya have been accused by Ethiopian political refugees of demanding bribes and even sexual favors to facilitate their applications for refugee status. In a damning article published on The Star of Kenya, Ethiopian refugees gave accounts of how staff at the UNHCR office ...

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            Number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia since September 2016 top 100,000

            ESAT News (September 22, 2017) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday that the number of refugees who had fled renewed conflict in South Sudan since September 2016 topped 100,000. The refugees from the world’s youngest nation are being assisted in Ethiopia. According to a statement from IOM, since ...

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