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Tanzania Releases Imprisoned Ethiopians, it highlights The Ethiopian Migrant Crises

Tanzania Releases Imprisoned Ethiopians, it highlights The Ethiopian Migrant Crises

Tanzanian President John Magufuli is set to release close to 2000 Ethiopians stranded in his nation. This is to allow them a smooth transition to Ethiopia.

Tanzania, which held a controversial election last year has been forced to look inward to find solutions to its own woes as it faces dwindling tourism, the effects of the COVID-19 and lack of democracy that forced its own citizens to flee to other nations. The decision to release the prisoners seems to be more economical than humanitarian. 

Since Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, there has been much interest to bring stranded Ethiopians home from many nations. Ethiopians stranded were brought back and provided support with the partnership of United Nations agencies, including IOM. 

Many of the stranded were believed to be heading to South Africa, which has afforded many of employment opportunities and some to better pastures to western nations.

However IOM and partners have been overwhelmed with the need to provide them to basic necessities along with their dangerous routes and many have died on the way including boats being capitalized in European soils and on the Mediterranean.

The Ethiopian government has been assisting with the return of hundreds of Ethiopian migrants as it continues to be criticized for doing too little and too late for thousands who are still stranded in many nations including in Gulf nations.