Dear Madame President,
We in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) are writing to you on behalf of Ethiopian refugees presently seeking asylum in South Korea. The SMNE is a social justice organization of diverse Ethiopians, committed to advancing the freedom, rights and well being of Ethiopians within Ethiopia as well as those living abroad.
ETHIOPIAN REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS IN SOUTH KOREA
As the SMNE’s Executive Director, I recently visited South Korea at the request of Ethiopians living in your country as well as several South Korean civil society organizations who were working with them. I met with these asylum seekers to hear more about the difficulties they faced in obtaining permanent status; including, finding a means of support for their basic needs while waiting for a decision on their cases. Following these meetings with Ethiopians, I met with South Korean officials, members of Korea civil society, UNHCR officials and journalists so as to raise up the concerns and difficulties affecting these Ethiopian refugees as well as to share more about the reasons these Ethiopians had left their homes in the first place.