Diversity Resource International (DRI) a UK based leadership, management and research centre, organised a seminar in partnership with the University of Brighton and Halhale College of Business and Economics on Eritrea Education, Youth Migration, Challenges and Opportunities at the Business School of Brighton.
EARLY this week, the Ethiopian spokesperson of the UNHCR Office in Addis Ababa announced that “6,200 Eritreans had crossed into Ethiopia” in the months of October and November. This news has been picked up by various news agencies to conjure up a non-existent image of Eritrea and/or as part and parcel of the smear campaign that are routinely waged against the country and its government.
Leaving the sinister motives aside, what are the real facts?
INTRODUCTION: On August 8, 2014, the International Crisis Group (ICG) published a report on Eritrea entitled Eritrea: Ending the Exodus?
The report expresses grave concern that unsustainable mass emigration of an exceptional nature is taking place in Eritrea as a direct result of the Eritrean government’s policies, while the burden of transnational migration primarily falls upon the downstream nations in the region and Europe. The report proceeds to make specific policy recommendations for “the broader international community, led by the EU and Italy (currently EU president), and coordinated on the ground by the EU Special Representative.” Continue reading Reviewing ICG’s Eritrean “Exodus” Report→