"Deported before experiencing the good sides of migration": Ethiopians returning from Saudi Arabia

M.C. de Regt, Medareshaw Tafesse

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In the period November 2013–April 2014 more than 160,000 Ethiopians were deported from Saudi Arabia after a seven months amnesty period for undocumented migrants came to an end. This large-scale regularization campaign of the Saudi government must be seen in light of the ‘Arab Spring’, when popular uprisings in the Middle East were threatening dictatorial regimes. The effect of the Arab Spring was felt globally; the uprisings impacted upon migrants living in countries in the Middle East and on their countries of origin. This paper looks into the experiences of Ethiopian deportees prior, during and after their forced return. We argue that the fact that the migrants were not prepared for their sudden return affected their economic, social network and psychosocial embeddedness back in Ethiopia. In addition, the Ethiopian government has not been able to improve the returnees' economic embeddedness, which has affected their social and psychological status negatively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthiopians in an Age of Migration
Subtitle of host publicationScatters Lives Beyond Borders
EditorsFassil Demissie
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315271613
ISBN (Print)9781138280823, 9780367109608
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Working title: "Deported before experiencing the good sides of migration": Forced return from Saudi Arabia


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