The use of smugglers among Ethiopian refugees and migrants in Sudan

More than 73,000 Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers are registered in Sudan. In an attempt to shed light on the role of smugglers in facilitating movements across the Ethiopia-Sudan border, this snapshot uses 4Mi data to examine whether and how Ethiopian refugees and migrants have interacted with smugglers during their journeys to Sudan.

This snapshot is produced in the context of a partnership with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Observatory on Smuggling of Migrants.

Note: this snapshot was amended on 1 June 2022 to remove a reference to Ethiopians fleeing the Tigray crisis, given that the sample analysed comprises Ethiopians from across the country, some of whom left before the crisis began.

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