Tag Archives: Asylum Seeker

UNHCR Staff Members Solicited Bribes from Refugees: UN Probe

“If UNHCR in Ethiopia and Sudan worked correctly, no one would want to come to Libya”

Asylum for sale. A UN probe reveals harrowing tales of corruption among resettlement workers for the United Nations refugee agency – UNHCR.

BY SALLY HAYDEN | IRIN NEWS*

An internal UN refugee agency investigation into allegations of corruption in its Sudan resettlement operations has determined that a staff member abused their power by soliciting bribes from refugees. Continue reading UNHCR Staff Members Solicited Bribes from Refugees: UN Probe

Four Ethiopian Track Team Members Abscond in USA

Athletes seeking asylum from unstable areas have historically used athletic tournaments to leave their country

By Wendy Owen,

FOUR members of an Ethiopian track team were reported missing Saturday morning in Eugene where they competed in the IAAF World Junior Championships.

“The individuals left campus ahead of the rest of the team,” said Julie Brown, University of Oregon spokeswoman.

The Ethiopian region is under intense political upheaval, and athletes seeking asylum from unstable areas have historically used athletic tournaments to leave their country. Asked whether that was the case for the Ethiopians, Brown said she did not know why they left and could not confirm they were seeking asylum.  Continue reading Four Ethiopian Track Team Members Abscond in USA

Ethiopian Pilot Hijacks Plane, Request Asylum in Switzerland

Hijacking a plane is rarely the best way to seek asylum. But for an Ethiopian co-Pilot, its worth the shot.

By TesfaNews,

A Rome bound Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-702 has landed in Geneva Airport after the co-pilot hijacked the plane to request political asylum in Switzerland.

The plane that took off from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa was reportedly denied permission to land and circled Geneva for several minutes before it was “forced to proceed” to the airport, which had been temporarily closed by authorities.  Continue reading Ethiopian Pilot Hijacks Plane, Request Asylum in Switzerland

Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors Flee Italy

Eritrean migrants wait to board a ferry from Lampedusa to Sicily. Those transferred to Rome were given a welcome pack and accommodation

By Hannah Roberts,

More than half the survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck have fled Italy for northern Europe- a day after being transferred to the mainland.

The 89 migrants, including one woman, all from Eritrea, had been provided with accommodation in Rome, where they could stay for six months after their horrific ordeal. But just 24 hours after they arrived in the Italian capital, they all vanished without a trace, according to the city’s social services department. Continue reading Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors Flee Italy

Looking for Refuge Not a New Phenomenon

We Africans used to flee looking for a better life somewhere else. It’s not a new phenomenon, but that doesn’t make it any more disturbing.

By Berhane Woldu,

Sitting in front of my TV watching the Lampedusa, human tragedy was unbearable. For Eritrea it’s a great lose. In the history of Eritrea, be it during the war for liberation or during the war of aggression, loss of this magnitude in a fraction of a day has never happened. Continue reading Looking for Refuge Not a New Phenomenon