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UNHCR Refutes Allegation of Refugees Being ‘Forcefully Returned’ to Eritrea

UNHCR refutes media allegations about the abduction and forced return of Eritrean refugees to Eritrea
Spokesperson for UNHCR Ethiopia said media allegations about the abduction and forced return of Eritrean refugees to Eritrea is “not confirmed” by the testimonies of refugee representatives.

BY FBC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has refuted media’s allegations about the abduction and forced return of Eritrean refugees sheltered in refugee camps in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia. Continue reading UNHCR Refutes Allegation of Refugees Being ‘Forcefully Returned’ to Eritrea

UNHCR Appeals to Eritrea Over Somali Refugee Camp Closure

2014 UNHCR Report: ‘Somali refugees in Eritrea have not yet found durable solution due to lack of availability of livelihood opportunities within the camp, lack of interest in voluntary repatriations as well as problems with the in-country case-processing mechanisms by resettlement countries such as Canada, Australia, and USA.’

BY UNHCR

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is appealing to Eritrea not to close the Umkulu refugee camp after hundreds of refugees left the site in recent weeks, amidst reports that local authorities had asked residents to leave. Continue reading UNHCR Appeals to Eritrea Over Somali Refugee Camp Closure

Eritrea’s Intervention at UNHCR EXCOM 68th Session

Engagement – cooperation – shared responsibilities. Eritrea is working to strengthen its cooperation on migration at bilateral, regional and international levels.

BY ERITREA REPRESENTATIVE – GENEVA

Madam Chair and Honorable Delegates

My delegation congratulates Madam Chair for your election as Chair of the 68th EXCOM session and assures support to your leadership. Our tribute also goes to the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi for his leadership of the UNHCR. Continue reading Eritrea’s Intervention at UNHCR EXCOM 68th Session

Refugee Crisis: Plan to Create 100,000 Jobs in Ethiopia

Ethiopia to EU: Give us $500 million to build two industrial parks that gives employment rights for 30,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia. The rest of the 70,000 jobs will be reserved to Ethiopians which are also facing their own unemployment crisis. How do you like that? (Photo: Ethiopian migrants in Sudan)

By BBC News,

Britain, the European Union and the World Bank have announced a plan to create 100,000 jobs in Ethiopia to help tackle the migrant crisis.

Two industrial parks will be built in the country at a cost of $500m.

Ethiopia, which proposed the plan, will be required to grant employment rights to 30,000 refugees.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the project would be a model for how to support poorer countries housing large numbers of migrants. Continue reading Refugee Crisis: Plan to Create 100,000 Jobs in Ethiopia

Sudan and Eritrea Crackdown on Illegal Migrants

The UNHCR spokesperson said none of those intercepted in northern Sudan while heading towards the Libyan border to reach Europe are asylum seekers and Sudan may be within its legal right to pursue deportation of these Eritrean migrants from its territory. (Photo: Maram Mazen IRIN)

By Kristy Siegfried | for IRIN,

Authorities in Sudan have launched a crackdown on Eritrean migrants – arresting those living in the capital, Khartoum, and intercepting hundreds travelling north through the country towards Libya, the launching point for smugglers’ boats heading for Europe. Continue reading Sudan and Eritrea Crackdown on Illegal Migrants

Botswana Asks UNHCR to Resettle Eritrean Soccer Players

UNHCR to give the disgraced Eritrean soccer players three options: voluntary repatriation to Eritrea; receiving alternative status, such as citizenship or permanent residence, or resettlement to a third country. I will bet my bottom dollar that it was for the latter that they shamelessly throw their country’s pride under the bus.

By Reuters,

Botswana wants 10 Eritrean soccer players it granted asylum to to be resettled in another country by the United Nations, as under Bostwana’s law they must stay in a refugee camp for 10 years.

A government official said the southern African nation was not withdrawing asylum for the players but giving them a chance to seek refuge in a country where the resettlement process was faster.

The players claimed asylum on Oct. 13 after playing the match against Botswana, becoming the latest in a series of defections by players from a country that the United Nations for human rights council accuse of violations. Continue reading Botswana Asks UNHCR to Resettle Eritrean Soccer Players