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.
Addressing Unsafe and Illegal Migration through and from Ethiopia
|Funder||Danish Refugee Council (back-funded by UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)|
|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|
Our projects in Ethiopia
- How communication can address unsafe migration through and from EthiopiaThis new programme will focus on providing information and forums for discussion so that people can make informed decisions about what lies ahead of them.
- BabyWASH: Reducing childhood diarrhoea through radioWe encouraged healthier hygiene practices by mothers and fathers in Ethiopia to help protect children from often-deadly conditions such as diarrhoea through radio, community discussion and training with health workers.
- Using radio to address indoor air pollution in EthiopiaAir We Breathe is a health-focused project in the Oromia region of Ethiopia addressing indoor air pollution through radio and public service announcements.
- Building resilience to extreme weather through radioRadio programmes and mobile phone services are improving farmers’ access to accurate weather information in Ethiopia.
- Improving maternal and neonatal health in rural EthiopiaRadio programmes Biiftuu Jireenyaa and Jember deliver life-saving information to women and their families.
- Breaking the silence around sexual health in EthiopiaFrom 2006 to 2010, a pioneering radio programme for young people helped to encourage discussion about sexual health issues in Ethiopia by bringing taboo subjects to the fore.