Dying to Reach Europe: Eritreans in Search of Safety

EU prevention policy puts Eritreans at risk of imprisonment, torture and death Despite mounting evidence of inhumane treatment faced by Eritreans, both within and outside Eritrea, the EU is doing all it can to prevent them from reaching its shores, says a new report published today by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors …

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Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis

Author: Zachary Laub Tens of thousands of Eritreans have arrived at Europe’s shores in recent years seeking asylum. They make up a significant share of the unprecedented stream of migrants and refugees making their way to the European Union, undertaking dangerous journeys while challenging the bloc to find a collective response consistent …

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CANADA WELCOMES ERITREAN REFUGEES COMING VIA ISRAEL

By Paul Lungen,  From 2009 to the end of September 2016, 1,856 Eritreans made refugee claims in Canada, but in recent months, a small number of them made those claims after travelling here from Israel. JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto has helped facilitate the immigration of a small number …

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An Afar Wedding in Eritrea

Eritrea, a small African nation on the Red Sea, is surrounded by sectarian religious strife, yet maintains a remarkable amity and unity among its various peoples. Roughly half Christian and half Muslim, Eritrea shuns military alliances and economic dependency on the West. To keep the peace, the government makes sure …

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PROJECT EXILE: ERITREAN STATE MEDIA REPORTER TURNS CRITIC

“When prison became a synonym for Eritrea…you can only flee.” In Eritrea, even being part of the East African nation’s tame state media is no protection. That was the conclusion Abraham Zere reached after years of working as a columnist for the government newspaper Hadas Erta and later for the …

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Automatic open door for Eritreans is shut

A Swiss court has ruled that the nation’s policy toward Eritrean refugees needs tightening. The Federal Administrative Court’s decision handed down on Thursday says Switzerland will no longer recognize Eritreans as refugees solely on grounds of having fled their country illegally. The policy automatically granted refugee status to some Eritreans. …

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“A tiger doesn’t change its spot”

Desta Hailu There is this saying – “a tiger doesn’t change its spot”. This saying is about the unchanging nature of human nature. I raised this saying in relation to the comic attempted flip-flop of the Eritrea regime. Recently there have been stories that the Ato Isaias led government is …

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