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Home Office Policy Towards Eritrean Asylum Seekers – Solution or Confusion?

UK Home OfficeBy Tesfahannes Beyene,

Britain’s policy towards Eritrean asylum seekers and Economic migrants is confused to say the least. The answer is simple; there is no any coherent policy towards Eritreans as many of those who claim to be Eritreans are in fact Ethiopians. The strange thing is that Britain’s Home Office (the office of domestic affairs) has never bothered to distinguish Eritreans from Ethiopians.

There are two groups of Ethiopians who are claiming to be Eritreans: the Amharic speaking from Central Ethiopia and the Tigrinya speaking (Tigreans) from Northern Ethiopia who live near the Eritrean border. But the Tigrina spoken in Ethiopia’s Tigrai region is different in accent from that spoken in modern Eritrea. Only native Eritreans can distinguish if any Tigrina speaker is from Eritrea or Ethiopia. Amharic speakers are clearly not Eritreans; Amharic is not spoken in any part of Eritrea. It does not exist in the Eritrean curriculum any more (as it did before 1991, during the Ethiopian occupation) and every Eritrean born after 91 speaks Tigrina one of the main languages in Eritrea. Continue reading Home Office Policy Towards Eritrean Asylum Seekers – Solution or Confusion?

British Report Discredits Eritrean Refugee Claim

IMMORAL. There are already 350,000 refugees in Uganda and 72,000 in Rwanda. But, why should Rwanda or Uganda compete to accept 45,000 more? For Humanity? Money? Weapons exchange? Shouldn’t Israel, as a modern and democratic country, be left alone to deal with its own refugees? Why shouldn’t Israel confirm or adopt the UK Home Office report and start repatriating them back to Eritrea in a dignified way than packaging them as commodities to exchange with some corrupt African leaders?

By Gil Ronen,

A REPORT issued in late March by the British Home Office determines that defectors from the Eritrean army do not, in fact, face life-threatening danger in Eritrea, and therefore do not deserve refugee status in other countries. Britain has issued new guidelines for dealing with the Eritreans who have flooded that country.

The British report is largely based on a report issued in Denmark in November, which has come under fire from “human rights” groups and the UNHCR.  Continue reading British Report Discredits Eritrean Refugee Claim

UK Home Office Changed Policy on Eritrean Asylum Seekers

The new UK policy on Eritrean asylum-seekers is based entirely on the most up-to-date information available from inside Eritrea – notably the Danish Report

By TesfaNews,

The UK Home Office has issued a new and ‘up-to-date’ guidelines that policy makers should adhere on handling claims made by Eritrean asylum seekers in the country.

The two crucial documents that was released last month, namely “Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: National (incl. Military) Service” and “Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: Illegal Exit” are results of the official visit made by a UK delegation on December 2014 to Eritrea.

The Home Office guidelines specifically acknowledges that the Danish Immigration Service’s report are, by far, the most “up-to-date information” about Eritrea, as opposed to the greatly recycled and decade old controversial reports made by some right groups and civic organisations  Continue reading UK Home Office Changed Policy on Eritrean Asylum Seekers