Ethiopian citizens living in other countries have the right to services from the government, just like every citizen. One of the main reasons for the Diaspora policy is the issue of rights and benefits. The agency has made this to be one of its key functions, and it has subcategorized it into socioeconomic rights and benefits, and human and civil rights and benefits. It supports the diaspora in its social affairs in an organized and lawful manner from family affairs to its local social issues in the country they are living in. It carries out their human and civil rights in social and economic activities including conducting a series of awareness raising activities. Working in partnership with the social organizations such as the Idir and religious gatherings found in the diaspora working to secure the social wellbeing of the community. Promoting and supporting civic societies working on social issues in the diaspora community, are among the major roles of this department.