At Metema, a reception centre under construction for asylum seekers and refugees (Photo:OCHA Ethiopia/Woretaw Chekol)Addis Abeba – Latest UN report says more than 31,000 asylum seekers, refugees, and returnees have fled Sudan and arrived in neighboring Ethiopia, seeking safety and shelter. “The number of people crossing into Ethiopia via entry points of its border with Sudan stands at 31,074 as of 25 May. Out of these, more than 5,200 people are asylum-seekers or people already registered as refugees in Sudan,” the report stated. The entry points are in Metema, West Gondar Zone of Amhara Region, Kurmuk and Pagak/Burbley in Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella regions respectively. In response to this escalating crisis, Ethiopia has reaffirmed its commitment to provide sanctuary for Sudanese refugees seeking asylum in refugee camps without visa requirements as opposed to those who intend to settle in Ethiopia or travel independently to a third country.
Source: Ethiopian News May 29, 2023 10:34 UTC