A first wave of Ethiopian nationals who resided as undocumented in Saudi Arabia returned home before overcoming the amnesty granted by the authorities of the kingdom. A government delegation led by Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu was at the airport to receive the returnees.
Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, told a press briefing that so far 85,000 Ethiopians had secured visas to return home. The figure is twice as much the number announced in May this year when exit visas for about 40,000 citizens was announced.
The period for illegal foreigners to leave Saudi Arabia started on March 29, 2017 and ends in a matter of days. Those who fail to leave will be subjected to fines or face legal measures, which include forced deportation.