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About Ethiopia

Demographics / Population: Ethiopia has over 109 million inhabitants and is the 13th-most populous country in the world and the 2nd-most populous in Africa.The capital and largest city, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is a multilingual nation, with around 80 ethno-linguistic groups, the four largest of which are the Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigrayans. Most people in the country speak Afroasiatic languages of the Cushitic or Semitic branches.

Economy: According to the IMF, Ethiopia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, registering over 10% economic growth from 2004 through 2009. It was the fastest-growing non-oil-dependent African economy in the years 2007 and 2008. In 2015, the World Bank highlighted that Ethiopia had witnessed rapid economic growth with real domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2014.

Health: The World Health Organization’s 2006 World Health Report gives a figure of 1,936 physicians for 2003,which comes to about 2.6 per 100,000. A brain drain associated with globalisation is said to affect the country, with many educated professionals leaving Ethiopia for better economic opportunities in the West.

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About Ethiopia

Why Ethiopians Relocate to the Diaspora

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world and in 2005 had an emigration rate of 0.6 percent, which is low in comparison to Africa as a whole. Ethiopia faces complex challenges of food insecurity, overpopulation, drought, political instability, and ethnic conflict.

 In addition to these issues, Ethiopia faces large challenges with respect to migration flows. From the 1980s onward, the Horn of Africa, which consists of Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, and Ethiopia, became the largest refugee-producing area in the world, with Ethiopia being the largest contributor to the refugee flows (Bariagaber, 1999). 

As a consequence, Ethiopia became internationally known for its refugee crisis, including problems of managing refugee flows and the issue of repatriation. Today the number of Ethiopians seeking refuge in other countries has drastically decreased

Body Repatriation for Ethiopians in the Diaspora

For Ethiopians worldwide, the process and legal requirements for body repatriation may seem a complicated process, coupled with the high flight costs for transporting a dead body.

Repatriated bodies are received at the Bole International Airport. 

Cost of repatriating a dead body to Ethiopia

The cost can vary from one funeral director to another depending on where the body remains are. For example the average cost of repatriating a body from the UK to Ethiopia averages £4000. The cost is much higher when repatriating to Ethiopia from the USA.

Requirements for repatriating a body to Ethiopia

  • A valid post mortem report
  • A Death Certificate
  • An Embalment and cremation certificate 
  • Export permit to repatriate the dead body to Ethiopia
  • Infectious  / Non-infectious disease certificate. This has to be issued by healthy authorities in the repatriating country. 
  • Must be an Ethiopian national. To be proved by passport or national registrations identifications. 
  • Certificate of contents declaring contents of coffin (issued by funeral director)

Other Essentials for repatriating a body to Ethiopia

  • The process of repatriation is not hampered by an out-of-date passport or ID.A relative will swear an affidavit at a nearby solicitor's office, which will get around any problems with a missing or expired passport or ID card.
  • When in doubt, contact the Ethiopian Embassy in the repatriating country.

How long does it take to repatriate a body to Ethiopia? 

  • It is difficult to know in advance the timelines for repatriation to Ethiopia as repatriation can only take place after all documentation are in place. When the authorisation letter is issued, repatriation can take place anytime from 5 days to 20 days depending on the funeral directors’ logistics arrangements.

Ethiopia Diaspora Population

About 3 million Ethiopians live in other countries, mainly in North America and Europe. They are spread across the following countries:

  • USA- 460,000
  • Israel- 130,000
  • UAE- 90,000
  • Lebanon- 30,000
  • Italy- 29,500
  • Sweden- 21,686
  • United Kingdom- 20,000

The largest diaspora community is found in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 250,000 Ethiopian immigrants lived in the United States as of 2008. An additional 30,000 U.S.-born citizens reported Ethiopian ancestry.

According to Aaron Matteo Terrazas, "if the descendants of Ethiopian-born migrants (the second generation and up) are included, the estimates range upwards of 460,000 in the United States (of which approximately 350,000 are in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area; 96,000 in Los Angeles; and 10,000 in New York)."

A large Ethiopian community is also found in Israel, where Ethiopians make up almost 1.9% of the population; almost the entire community are members of the Beta Israel community. There are also large number of Ethiopian emigrants in Saudi ArabiaItalyLebanonUnited KingdomCanadaSweden and Australia.

Ethiopia Diaspora Remittances

Individual private remittances, including remittances, are Ethiopia's key source of foreign exchange accounting for 35% of imports. That's three times the country's total produce exports. Ethiopia earns $5-6 billion a year from its diaspora in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

How Funds Are Remitted to Ethiopia

Money can be sent to Ethiopia quickly and easily using services such as:

  • Hellowpaisa
  • Wise Money Transfer
  • Best Money Transfer Services

Some of the most reliable money transfer services for sending money to Ethiopia from the United States are mentioned below:

  • Remitly is a service that allows you to send money to family and friends.
  • World Remit is the best choice for cash pickup.
  • Xoom, driven by PayPal, is the third best big brand

Reasons for sending remittances to Ethiopia

Remittances have become an important source for socio-economic equalizing and leveraging for many households and nations of the developing country. Migrants are said to have become the lifelines of their families back home.

Majority of the remittances sent home are primarily for upkeep of family members remaining in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Connectivity

Most Ethiopians use internet applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and E-mails to communicate with their family back home. In most African countries, using data to make a call is much cheaper than it is to use mobile airtime to phone overseas. 

Below are the statistics on the internet users in Ethiopia and how widely spread Ghanaians are over the internet and on Social Media.

Internet users in Ethiopia

  • There were 23.96 million internet users in Ethiopia in January 2021.
  • The number of internet users in Ethiopia increased by 2.8 million (+13%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • Internet penetration in Ethiopia stood at 20.6% in January 2021.

Social Media Statistics for Ethiopia

  • There were 6.70 million social media users in Ethiopia in January 2021.
  • The number of social media users in Ethiopia increased by 500 thousand (+8.1%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • The number of social media users in Ethiopia was equivalent to 5.8% of the total population in January 2021

Mobile Connections in Ethiopia

  • There were 44.86 million mobile connections in Ethiopia in January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Ethiopia increased by 710 thousand (+1.6%) between January 2020 and January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Ethiopia in January 2021 was equivalent to 38.5% of the total population

Note: many people have more than one mobile connection, so figures for mobile connections may exceed 100% of the total population.



Ethiopia Embassy in the USA

Ethiopia Honorary Consulate

in Houston, TX

9301 Southwest Freeway, Suite 250

TX 77074



  • Phone: +1-713-271-7567
  • Fax: +1-713-772-3858
  • Email:

Ethiopian Embassy in Israel


48 Derech Menachem Begin, Bldg, B FL. 8B
Tel Aviv



Fax: +972-3-6397837


Website URL:

Ethiopian Embassy in UAE


Al Wuheida, Street No. 6, Community: 132
United Arab Emirates

  • Phone: +971-4-269-9111
  • Email:
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Ethiopian Embassy in the UK


17 Princes Gate
South Kensington
United Kingdom

Phone: +44-20-75897212  or  +44-20-78383895

Fax: +44-20-75847054


Website URL:

Ethiopian Embassy in Sweden


Inverness Strand 1
182 76

  • Phone: +46-8-857202
  • Fax: +46-8-6608177
  • Email:
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Latest information on the status of Ethiopians living in the diaspora

For consulate and embassy information on Ethiopia, please contact Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration


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