Tag Archives: Refugee Camps

Ethiopia to Close Two Refugee Camps in Tigray

One is due to its proximity to the Eritrean border and the other for its inhospitable geographical condition.

Ethiopia plans to close Shimbela and Hitsats refugee camps in the northern state of Tigray, according to the country’s refugee agency.

BY KALKIDAN YIBELTAL | BBC NEWS

Ethiopia plans to close two camps in the northern state of Tigray that have been caught in the fighting between the state’s formers ruling party and the federal government, according to the country’s refugee agency. Continue reading Ethiopia to Close Two Refugee Camps in Tigray

Eritrea Called for a Thorough Vetting Process to Determine Refugee from Economic Migrant

Developing the necessary capacity to maintain the clear distinction between economic migrants and refugees as well as creating a mechanism on identifying who is who, and what his/her true identity and nationality is a prerequisite for a long term solution of their repatriation or reintegration

By TesfaNews,

DURING the general discussion on the report of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Questions relating to Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons at the third committee of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Eritrea stressed for the need to have a clear distinction between economic migrants and refugees.

A statement made by Ms. Elsa Haile, Director of Regional and International Organizations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, states that conducting a thorough vetting process in determining refugee claimants from economic migrants are a prerequisite for a long term solution of their repatriation or reintegration. Continue reading Eritrea Called for a Thorough Vetting Process to Determine Refugee from Economic Migrant

Kidnappings in Eastern Sudan Refugee Camps Alarming: UNHCR

Hundreds of Israel-bound African refugees are being held hostage in the Sinai desert by smugglers demanding huge ransom to spare their lives.

By UN News Center,

The United Nations refugee agency today (25 Jan) called for international action to stop forced disappearances from camps in eastern Sudan that house Eritrean refugees, who may be held for ransom or trafficked for the purpose of forced marriage, sexual exploitation or bonded labour.

Over the last two years we have seen people disappearing from the Shagarab camps – some of them kidnapped, and others believed paying to be smuggled elsewhere,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a briefing in Geneva.  Continue reading Kidnappings in Eastern Sudan Refugee Camps Alarming: UNHCR