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Did you know that….? Part I May 26, 2008

Posted by habeshaviews in Uncategorized.

One of the things that has always been of interest to me is the mass movement of people, migration. Especially, that of Ethiopians and that involves crossing of borders. It has never been clear to me why exactly people move out. I can not call it economy because I know a lot of people who wouldn’t blink when asked to pay US $15,000 to come to the US.

I can not really say it’s politics because a lot of the people I know who are migrating(ed) don’t even give a *hit about that. I finally gave up on speculation and started working on a research on the topic. A blogger I shared this interest with basically told me to get a life. He was not the first person to do so, of course!. I can live with one more habesha negativity as well.

Regardless, I am pursing this research and will share some facts I come across under a series of posts entitled  ”Did you know that …?”. Entonces, here we go

Did you know that :

> ”If the descendants of Ethiopian-born migrants (the second generation and up) are included, the estimates of Ethiopian origon population range upwards of 460,000 in the United States (of which approximately 350,000 are in Washington, DC; 96,000 in Los Angeles; and 10,000 in New York).

> There are 90,000 descendants of Ethiopian-born migrants in Saudi Arabia; 30,000 in Italy, and 30,000 in Lebanon. In 2005, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the Ethiopian-origin population was 105,500”.




>US immigration statistics show that for the decade 1951 to 1960, only 61 Ethiopians were granted asylum in the United States. The next decade, 1961 to 1970, only two were granted asylum — most likely the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Dinké Berhanou, and his wife, who requested asylum in 1965.

>In 1981, the Mengistu regime outlawed departure from Ethiopia without government approval. Anyone who fled was labeled a traitor “against the country and the people,” and could receive a punishment of five to 25 years in prison, or, in extreme cases, life imprisonment or execution.

Sources for today here.




1. peter - December 14, 2010

Hi there,
i found your blog via the google image search on migration. Was looking fot inspiration for a cover graphic for a publication on migration and development cooperation.

we are a germany based NGO (www.ebasa.org), absolutely non-profit, maintained with volunteers’ committment and working at the moment basicly in educational programs for NGO’s and other actors in development cooperation.
in the publication we discuss, how migration is also partly caused by the neo-colonial structures that development aid has.

i’d like to know, wether we could use that image for the publication.

thanks for a quick reply!

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