Addis Ababa, February 26, 2018 (FBC) –The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource said implementation of a program which would help cope with impact of refugees on host communities is underway at a cost of 100 million US dollars obtained from the World Bank.
The program, which would run for a period of five years, includes construction of socio-economic facilities and infrastructures as well as engaging the refugees in environmental conservation activities, Dr Eyasu Abrha told FBC today.
Ethiopia currently hosts more than 800,000 refugees in five regional states.
In a related development, some 113 Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan refugees sheltered in Ethiopia left for Italy today to start a permanent new life, according to ENA.
A total of 500 refugees living in Ethiopia will benefit from the Italian Humanitarian Corridor Program by the end of November 2018, representatives of the program said.
At a joint press briefing the representatives of the Humanitarian Corridor Program said promoting global community-based migration intervention is important to minimize the impacts of illegal migration.
According to the representatives, policies and projects aimed at fighting poverty and supporting refugees are important for sustainable and peaceful coexistence.
The refugees who left for Italy will join the 25 sent by the program in that country earlier.
Deputy Director for Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), Zeynu Jemal said the global community-based approach is among solutions in preventing illegal migration and human trafficking.
He also said Ethiopia and Italy have been implementing various programs to improve the lives of refugees and to protect migration, adding that the Humanitarian Corridor Program is one of the examples showing the commitment of the Italian government in supporting Ethiopia’s migration management activities.
Zeynu noted that the Ethiopian government welcomes similar initiatives as sign of increased commitment and burden sharing to alleviate the plight of refugees.