How communication can address unsafe migration through and from Ethiopia

Illegal and unsafe migration through and from Ethiopia, particularly to the Middle East and Gulf countries, has been on the rise since the 1980s as young people leave in search of employment.

While the Ethiopian government lifted restrictions on overseas migration for work in 2018, aiming to protect citizens by regulating recruitment agencies and establishing requirements for age, education levels and training, there is still a challenge to ensure those interested in migration are aware of the risks, their rights and alternatives for earning a living.

This project aims to reduce the risk and incidences of illegal and unsafe migration by addressing its root causes: the marginalisation of rural youth, peer pressure and a growing culture of migration, pressing household circumstances which may leave people feeling as if they have no choice, and gender inequality including cultural restrictions on education which make migration a more appealing option for girls. 

Our formative research will examine migration trends, profiles of people on the move, and what gaps in information exist for programmes on migration and protection, to design media and communication that builds understanding, challenges norms and assumptions, prompts informed discussion on- and off-air, and ultimately inspires people to reach their own conclusions about what actions to take, and to seek alternatives to unsafe migration.

Project information

Project name

Addressing Unsafe and Illegal Migration through and from Ethiopia

Funder Danish Refugee Council (back-funded by UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Dates 2019-
Themes Governance
Outputs Peer mentorships, communication hubs for information and radio production, information-sharing radio programmes and capacity-building for local media, youth leadership and life skills training.
Partners Save the Children, Mixed Migration Centre, Altai Consulting

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