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Saudi Arabia extends amnesty for undocumented Ethiopian migrants

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday extended the 90-day amnesty it granted for undocumented Ethiopian migrants to leave its territory by additional one month, APA learns here.The extension of the amnesty came after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, requesting him to extend the amnesty.

The extension came into effect from last Sunday. The 90-day amnesty expired last Wednesday.

According to Saudi’s General Directorate of Passports, the amnesty was extended by a month to allow those undocumented migrants who failed to take advantage of the amnesty due to various reasons to return to their respective countries peacefully.

Of the 111,000 Ethiopians who have secured exit visas to leave Saudi Arabia, only 45,000 of them have so far returned their homeland, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that efforts will continue to bring home undocumented Ethiopians from Saudi.

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