Reading: Ethiopia bans citizens from travelling abroad for work

In what is being posed as an attempt to save Ethiopian citizens from the dangers of human trafficking, the Ethiopian Government has put in a place a temporary  ban on citizens leaving to find work elsewhere.

Human rights activists also say a significant number of those classified as economic migrants flee the country because of political and economic oppression or ethnic discrimination by the state.

Many Ethiopians try to reach Saudi Arabia, travelling via Yemen by sea and entering the kingdom illegally. Thousands of others head for South Africa, Israel and Europe.

They often end up being smuggled, trafficked or subjected to mental and physical torture. And once they reach their destinations, many require humanitarian assistance or face a wide range of abuses from employers.

Given the length of the nation’s borders, I’m not convinced this plan will work. To read the rest of the article on the BBC, please click here.