Last year (2017), I developed a reintegration package for Ethiopia for the ILO in Addis Ababa with Alexandra Ricard Guay. Both the Reintegration package and the Reintegration Background Report have now been published. ILO has used this reintegration package as a starting point to work with the Government of Ethiopia to develop a “Reintegration Directive” that I hope will be further developed and endorsed in Ethiopia soon.
“This reintegration package is expected to serve as a point of reference and practical guide for the Government of Ethiopia, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to develop programs in support of the successful reintegration of returnees, back into their community and labour market. This package is a living document that identifies and lists out systems, programs and activities that need to be put in place to support successful reintegration of returnees.
Accompanied by a Background report, the Reintegration Package provides a recommended approach to support returned migrants to reintegrate into the society and labour market, focusing on three main components namely economic, socio-cultural and psychosocial. This package is designed to address the needs of returnees upon return in a flexible manner by establishing the core principles that guide the overall reintegration process and recommend a framework of collaboration amongst relevant institutions. The package also provides information on monitoring and case management.
Following the finalization of this Package and as per the recommendation set out in its accompanying background report, the ILO further engaged with the Government of Ethiopia to develop and finalize a “Reintegration Directive”, which is led and owned by the Federal Urban Job Creation and Food Security Agency. This directive is expected to serve as a reference and practical guide to the Government of Ethiopia and other stakeholders engaged in the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia. Further to the development of the Reintegration Directive, it is my hope that the remaining recommendations and best practices showcased in the package will be considered and replicated by the Government of Ethiopia to support the effective socio-cultural, psychosocial and economic reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia.”
– George Okutho