Ethiopia is lobbying to release 224 people arrested in Tanzania, according to the Foreign Ministry of Ethiopia.
As part of the eleventh special summit of the African Union (AU) summit, MoFA said that the 224 people were released from the discussions between Ethiopian Foreign Minister Walkenberg and Foreign Minister Tanzania and Augustine Philip Mahiga. At a press conference. .
The summit was held on November 17-18 at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa (AU).
In Tanzania, 224 Ethiopians were arrested in South Africa as their final destination.
Gebeyehu asked the Tanzanian authorities to allow 224 Ethiopians to return home.
Mahiga said the Tanzanian government is closely examining the problem of detained Ethiopians and will soon be interested in pan-Africanism to solve the problem.
Traffickers used several countries as transit points to smuggle Ethiopians into South Africa. South Africa is home to tens of thousands of Ethiopian citizens.
Though thousands of Ethiopians are being trafficked to South Africa, mainly in the informal economy, despite the growing economic and public awareness campaigns on Ethiopian government 's trafficking risk.
According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, traffickers are fined an average of $ 3,500 to $ 4,000 to smuggle one person from Ethiopia to South Africa.