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2015 in Review: Eritrea – Escaping ‘Isolation’

Isolation of Eritrea fails
Why is the now-defunct, politicized, pro-migration policies existed in the first place and how the new, responsive policies towards Eritrea will inevitably change the situation in Eritrea.

By Simon Keleta,

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’

Why Journalists Should Verify Figures from the U.N. and NGOs

Skepticism before Sympathy. Why the usual fact verification safeguards break down when reporters deal with NGOs and non-profit sources?

By Salem Solomon | Casey Frechette,

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.

The U.N. has not published or provided the authors with specific sources for its statistics on Eritrean refugees. Press releases become primary points of reference, despite lacking details on methodologies. But dozens of international news outlets have repeated the assertion that 5,000 people flee the country every month. The claim has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC News, CNN, Fox News, Quartz, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other prominent outlets. Continue reading Why Journalists Should Verify Figures from the U.N. and NGOs

Eritrean Migration: Ignored Context, Cooked Numbers

UNHCR’s utterly wrong classification of Eritrean economic migrants as “bona-fide” refugees as well as its flawed approach, erroneous date and bleak depiction of the reality in Eritrea constitute to this day as the primary pull factor that is contributing to the influx of Eritrean youth.

By Metkel Sewra,

To assess Eritrean migration by relying on UNHCR’s numbers “is to fall prey and be entrapped by an unreliable dataset” argues Sam B. in his meticulously researched paper, Phantom Refugees and UNHCR: The Case of Eritrean Refugees and Migrants.

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

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines: Factual Findings or Recycled Defamation?

UNHCR’s utterly wrong classification of Eritrean economic migrants as “bona-fide” refugees constitutes to this day as the primary pull factor that is contributing largely to the influx of Eritrean youth to Europe. In the event, the Government of Eritrea requests the UNHCR to review and rectify its previous reports and recommendations on Eritrea in light of the facts described below.

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

I. Background and Overview

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?