Ethiopia said on Friday that 1,400 of its nationals serving time in Sudanese jails have been freed.

Many of the Ethiopians were detained in Sudan for illegal entry, while some had been imprisoned for involvement in such criminal activities as money laundering and human trafficking, said Meles Alem, spokesperson of the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry.

The topic of rights and protection of Ethiopian nationals, including those in Sudanese jails, was discussed during Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Sudan earlier this month, the spokesman said.

It is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians enter Sudan illegally every year, either to work in the Sudanese informal sector or use it as a transit point on their way to be trafficked across Libya and Egypt, the Mediterranean Sea to reach their final destination of mainland Europe.

Despite a growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of illegal migration by the Ethiopian government, thousands of Ethiopians looking for better economic opportunities are trafficked annually to foreign countries. Enditem


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