Ethiopia’s Legislation on Immigration and Asylum

  • Dilek Karal


Ethiopia is one of the biggest hosts to refugees and people who are in refugee-like situations in Africa. This chapter first gives a background on Ethiopia’s significant position in the Horn of Africa, briefing Ethiopia’s socioeconomic history and Somali migration to Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s national legislation on immigration and asylum is detailed, as well as differing roles of policymaking actors in the country. In terms of immigration and asylum policies, the country’s significance is discussed with a reference to Ethiopia’s role as “the safe third country” of the Global North and reflections of governmentality of global policy in Ethiopia’s immigration and asylum policies. The chapter argues that although international law and policies draw major determinants of refugee protection for the international community, a state’s approach and national legislation differ at local level. In this regard, treatment of immigrants and refugees in Ethiopia is limited by certain constraints, as a consequence of global, regional and national dynamics.


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  • Dilek Karal
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  1. 1.Bir Dünya Çocuk DerneğiGaziantepTurkey

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