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60% were found to be Ethiopians while trying to enter EU claiming they are Eritreans or Somalis.
07 July 2016 – The European Union (EU), through its EU Trust Fund, has made a commitment of 100 million Euros to curb the flow of migrants fleeing Ethiopia by mitigating pushing factors through the creation of jobs for would-be migrants.
Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, head of EU to Ethiopia said, “Improving the livelihood of farmers in drought-affected areas, including central and northern Ethiopia, and create more jobs.”
Individual European countries have also pledged aid to Ethiopia. The European agreement was signed just a month after Italy endorsed 2.3 million dollars to Ethiopia for a similar programme.
Italy is one of Europe’s top receivers of asylum applications by Ethiopians with 95pc of the 6,350 that irregularly migrated to Europe in 2015. Official reports of Italian authorities also indicated that of the 3,500 immigrants registered last year up to
The initiative funded by the Italian Development Cooperation came about after a collaborative screening to identify beneficiary weredas by UN agencies and the Government of Ethiopia. As such, the initiative targets around 80,000 direct and over half a million indirect beneficiaries across selected weredas in Amhara, Oromia and Tigray states. A recent study focusing on the status of returnees of irregular migration to Ethiopia showed that 22pc of the total 160,000 people are from Tigray State.
On June 14, President Juncker and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, signed a strategic engagement agreement on a range of issues, including regional peace and security, counter-terrorism, social and economic development, climate change and migration.
Between 2014 and 2020, the EU under the National Indicative Programme (NIP), plans to provide an initial 745 million Euros to support government-led projects. EU funding makes up around 34pc of the total aid assistance Ethiopia received in the past two years.
In 2015, with nearly 300 companies from EU operating in Ethiopia, the trade volume stood at three billion Euros. The EU market absorbed approximately 33.6pc of the Ethiopian total exports, whereas 19.5pc of imports to Ethiopia came from Europe. The EU-Ethiopian relationship dates back to 1975 at which time an EU Delegation office in Addis during the Dergue’s regime.