By: Dawit Astatike
Armed conflicts in Sudan are forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. IOM Ethiopia
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 11, 2023: Since April 21, more than 17,500 Ethiopian migrants and Third Country Nationals (TCNs) have arrived in Ethiopia at the remote border crossing point in Metema, Amhara Region, IOM Ethiopia reports.
Based on current arrival trends, IOM is estimating that over 100,000 Ethiopians and 30,000 TCNs may return to Ethiopia in the coming months, with the majority of arrivals expected through Metema.
Arrivals at other border points will be monitored, including through an additional flow monitoring point in Kurmuk in Benishangul Gumuz Region, to scale up assistance if required, the organization reports.
IOM has scaled up presence and response at border points and its Migration Response Centre (MRC) in Metema and is providing multi-sectoral assistance to arriving people, including immediate health and WASH assistance, onward transportation, and tailored protection assistance.