Ethiopian Religious Leaders Address Irregular Migration

IOM and Ethiopia’s National Council against Human Trafficking and Smuggling have organized a consultative meeting with religious leaders on irregular migration.

The 25 religious leaders (Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Seventh Day Adventist) participated in the meeting came from Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) regions.

The aim of the meeting was to actively involve major religious institutes in the fight against irregular migration. The selected regions are known as source areas for irregular migration.

Participants acknowledged that awareness of the personal risks taken by migrants has now reached the grassroots level. But the lack of alternative livelihood options is still a major problem. They agreed to work closely with IOM and the government to prevent irregular migration and to promote alternative livelihoods.

The meeting was supported by IOM’s European Union-funded protection project, which aims to support governmental and non-governmental partners to protect migrants’ human rights along the East Africa migration route. The project is also supported by the governments of the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. 

For further information, please contact Alemayehu Seifeselassie at IOM Ethiopia, Tel: +251.11. 6611117 (Ext. 455), Mobile: +251.91.163-9082 Email: