Rehabilitation of Saudi returnees underway

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Addis Ababa, January 4, 2014 (WIC) – Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) said regional and federal government agencies are undertaking rehabilitation and reintegration efforts of Saudi Arabia returnees.    
Girma Teshome, MoLSA’s public relations and communications director, told WIC that efforts are underway to create employment opportunities to the returnees.
Following Saudi government’s crackdown on undocumented migrant workers, some 148,000 Ethiopians returned to the country while 38,000 obtained legal status to work in the kingdom.
The ministry hailed the role played by various sections of the society including the business community in helping out fellow citizens in the rehabilitation and reintegration process.
Girma said the returnees are receiving trainings in various skills and will be organized to establish small and micro enterprises.  
In a bid to combat illegal human trafficking, the government has devised various schemes. One among which is the amendment of Employer and Employee Service Agency Proclamation. A first draft is finalized after consultation with various stakeholders, Girma said.

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