Focused on providing perspective, this current piece will shift some attention to the changing geopolitical context to answer questions as to why the now-defunct, politicized, pro migration policies existed in the first place; how new, responsive policies towards Eritrea will inevitably change the situation in Eritrea.
Witnessing the aimless stroll of frizzy-haired youth down palm-lined boulevards during siesta may have given Asmara’s 2015 visitors the false impression of a nation at peace. Despite the tranquility, let us be clear about one thing: Eritrea is at war. Let us not relegate it to a border “dispute” or the oft confusing “no-peace-no-war” situation, politicized descriptions forwarded by newspapers and governments. Continue reading 2015 in Review: Eritrea – Escaping ‘Isolation’→
In a 2014 press release, the U.N. reported that 5,000 people crossed from Eritrea to neighboring Ethiopia in October of that year. It was an alarming surge of people fleeing a country with indefinite military service and severe constrictions on personal freedom.
In a more recent, widely publicized report, the U.N. stated that “overall, it is estimated that 5,000 people leave Eritrea each month, mainly to neighbouring countries.” Annually, this outflow represents about 1 percent of the country’s population and accounts for a significant portion of refugees traveling to Europe.
UNHCR’s datasheets have long been discredited through fact-based research such as the one mentioned here and fact-finding missions conducted by a number of reputable individuals and institutions such as the Danish Immigration Service.
Sam B. explains:
Although there have been many conspicuous in consistence over the years, one of the most publicized documents that highlighted UNHCR’s inconsistencies was the report for the Danish Government’s fact finding mission to Eritrea and Ethiopia in late 2014. While UNHCR was publicly maintaining that “Ethiopia hosts nearly 107,000 Eritrean refugees”, it privately informed the Danish Immigration Service that the actual numbers were significantly lower. Continue reading Eritrean Migration: Ignored Context, Cooked Numbers→
In April 2009, the UNHCR issued a 35-page booklet entitled “UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs for Asylum-Seekers from Eritrea”. UNHCR further published the second Guidelines on 20 April 2011. This 37-page document was essentially a replica of the first publication in terms of format, language and substantive contents albeit few, insignificant and inconsequential, updates. Continue reading UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines: Factual Findings or Recycled Defamation?→