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Eritrea Raising National Service Salary by 700%, Won’t Shorten to 18 Months Limit

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The EU has a vested interest in seeing Eritrea stabilized as a stable Eritrea means fewer migrants. But Eritrea’s stability doesn’t come entirely from the stability of the economy but rather from its national security. Eritrea has a security threat from its much larger and hungrier neighbor Ethiopia. In the absence international will to ‘guarantee’ Eritrea’s security concerns, the immediate option for Eritrea is to make staying in the country attractive first by improving the salary of National Service conscripts by up to 700 percent.

By Edmund Blair | for Reuters,

Eritrea is not prepared to stop forcing its youth into lengthy stretches of work as soldiers and civil servants, a conscription policy that is driving waves of refugees to make the perilous trip across the Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

European nations say that the poor Horn of Africa nation is moving only slowly and cautiously to stabilize the economy to stem the tide of migrants which is aggravating the refugee crisis that is gripping the European Union.

The Asmara government insists conscription is vital for national security saying that it fears attack by its far bigger neighbor Ethiopia with which it fought a bloody and expensive war that ended in June 2000. Continue reading Eritrea Raising National Service Salary by 700%, Won’t Shorten to 18 Months Limit