Migration has become one of the most
significant social and economic agenda of contemporary
of our era, and it is in which significant number of
population flows from the poor countries to countries,
which can afford job opportunities better than the origins.
Ethiopian women consider migration for domestic work
to Arab countries in pursuit of economic betterment for
themselves and their family members. The study aimed at
investigating opportunities gained by female returnee
migrant domestic workers in Ambo town. The study was
descriptive qualitative case study and cross sectional
design. Non-probability sampling of which purposive and
snowball sampling were employed. In-depth interview
and observation of data collection methods were used, and
the collected data were thematically analyzed. The study
vividly revealed that female domestic workers were
motivated to migrate due to better wage at destination
countries and hearing success stories of others.
International migration is considered as livelihood
strategy. Returnee domestic workers have attained
opportunities of living better life in spite of wretched
hardships and outrageous experiences at origin, in the
process and at destination. Female returnee migrant
domestic workers have learnt various skills and
knowledge and they have also saved remittances, which is
potential to engage in income generating activities and
businesses. The study concludes that optimization of
opportunities gained gets vitality and imperativity so that
returnee women can be economically empowered and
thus positively impact their livelihood.
Keywords : Ambo Town, Female Returnee Migrant Domestic Workers, Good Side Story, International Migration, Oasis, Opportunity Gained.