Ethiopia Reopens Overseas Employment Today


A MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKER HOLDS A PLACARD DURING A MARCH DEMANDING BASIC LABOR RIGHTS AS LEBANESE WORKERS IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, MAY 3, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/BILAL HUSSEIN
A MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKER HOLDS A PLACARD DURING A MARCH DEMANDING BASIC LABOR RIGHTS AS LEBANESE WORKERS IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, MAY 3, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/BILAL HUSSEIN

Ministry of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), announced that overseas employment services has officially started today October 10, 2018.

The lift of the ban is announced after a closure of five years.
In 2013, the nation announced a ban on domestic workers from going to the Middle East.

According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA), the decision is made primarily to protect Ethiopian workers from mistreatment and give them a legitimate path to work abroad.

Preparations have been finalized to allow Ethiopian domestic workers to travel to countries of the Middle East starting tomorrow, according to Assefa Yirgalem, spokesman for the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry.

In a report from Fana Broadcasting, Hirut Wolde Mariam, (PhD) said that The ministry has conducted a study how to create overseas employment services which ensure the employees’ health, safety security, and wellness.

Currently, 144 certified international agencies are ready to engage in the employment process, she said.

Before the start of the service, the ministry has signed different Bilateral agreements with countries where these workers went to, said Hirut.

In addition, the ministry also set to provide insurance services to Ethiopian employees who traveled to different countries.

According to data from MoLSA nearly 1 million Ethiopian men and women are working legally and illegally in Middle East countries.

Most of these women, usually in these Arab countries for work, are treated terribly, deprived of food, sexually assaulted, beaten up and even burnt.


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