‘Migrants’ on Welfare Benefits Use Money to Take Holiday in Eritrea

Europe’s migrant crisis cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created it. The politicization of Eritrean ‘economic migrants’ is one.

Eritrean migrants return home for holidays
From nowhere, so many people start migrating to Switzerland from Eritrea. For holidays, however, thousands of these migrants return back to the country they have previously fled. How is that possible? Well, that’s the kind of puzzle some pin-head politicians in Europe are struggling to crack. If only they start seeing them through the prism of “Economic migrants”. (Photo: GETTY)

By Virginia Hale,

Migrants granted leave to remain in Switzerland on the basis that they risk death in their homelands are using welfare money to fund holidays back home, the Basler Zeitung reports.

The Swiss newspaper notes that thousands of migrants each year are heading to Eritrea for their holidays each year despite their having supposedly fled the northeast African nation in fear of their lives.

Although a large proportion of Eritreans in Switzerland have been refused asylum, authorities are powerless to deport them because their homelands are deemed to be too dangerous by the country’s refugee policy.



While there are no direct flights to Eritrea, the Basler Zeitung says it found that up to fifty people a day are leaving Switzerland in order to holiday in the African country.

It typically costs around 599 Swiss Francs (£475) in January or 650 Swiss Francs (£516) in high season for a return journey to Eritrea according to the German language daily, which notes that taxpayer stipends to migrants must be quite generous as the vast majority of Eritreans residing in Switzerland live on welfare.

Stating it to be unlikely that more than a small handful of migrants would “abuse the asylum system”, the Swiss Secretariat for Migration (SEM) told the Basler Zeitung that it’s difficult to work out the number of Eritreans who are taking holidays in their country of origin due to the lack of direct flights.

Of the nearly 50,000 applications to travel abroad filed by refugees, asylum seekers and people in Switzerland who have temporary residence permits between 2010 and 2014, 97.5 per cent were successful.

Noting that around 15,0000 of these passes were granted to Eritreans, the Basler Zeitung asks whether the sheer volume of migrants venturing back to the northeast African country suggests it is really “a mere matter of individual cases”, or whether it implies the situation is a “mass occurring phenomenon”.

In September Breitbart London reported that migrants granted asylum in Germany have been using welfare payments to holiday in the countries they fled, again supposedly in fear of their lives.


55 thoughts on “‘Migrants’ on Welfare Benefits Use Money to Take Holiday in Eritrea

    1. By no means the above story serves our detractors. In fact, the story laughs back at their own inept politicians and racist Swiss immigration policy. Don’t you see how they got stuck in a crisis they have just created to harm Eritrea?

      1. The criminal politicians of Switzerland are actually admitting what the People and Government of Eritrea have been saying all along, that is, Most of these refugees claiming to be Eritreans are not Eritreans and the rest who are truly Eritreans are Economic Refugees.

    2. ክቐትሉኻ ክብሉስ ይቐልቱኻ ዝበሃል ምስላ ከምዚ ምስተረኽበ እዩ። እዞም ግምጃ ሃገር ዝኾኑ መንእሰያት ዜጋታትና ውዒሉ ሓዲሩ ናብ ሃገሮም ከቛምቱ ምዃኖም ዝጠራጠር ሃገራዊ ኤርትራዊ ዘሎ ኣይመስለንን፡ እንትርፎ እቶም ዕሱባት ከዳዓት። ብጊሓቱ’ውን እኮ ተባሂሉ እዩ፡ “ ኤርትራዊ መንእሰይ ኣብ ዝኸዶድካ ኬድካ ስራሕ፡ ተማሃር ተመራመር ምኽንያቱ ጽባሕ ንዓኻ እያ እዛ ሃገር” ዝብል ተልእኾ ኣብ ዝባኖም ተሓንጊጦም፡ ምድረ-በዳን ኣጻምእን ሰንጢቖም እዩም ነቲ ረቂቕ ሃገራዊ ዕማም ኣብ ምትግባር ተዋፊሮም ዘለዉ። እዚ ረዚን ምስጢራዊ ተልእኾ፡ ምናልባት ቀልጢፉ ኣብ ኣእሙሮና ቅጅል ኣይብልን ይኸውን። ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ግን ንህላዌና ዘይሕሰብ እንሓስብ፡ ዘይግበር እንገብር፡ ነቲ ብናይ ታሪኽ ተጻባእትና ኣብ ልዕሌና ዝተኣደነ ውዲት ብዘይተጸበይዎ ኣገባብ ናብ ምርቓ እንግልብጥ ተበላሓቲ ፍጥረተ-ኣፍሪቃ ምዃና እንዳ ኣእመናዮም ንመጽእ ኣሎና፡፡ እዚ ሕጂ ኣብ ስዊዝ ዝበሃል ዘሎ ኣብ ኤርትራውያን ጥራሕ ዝቀንዐ ምዃኑ ፡ ዓሌታዊ ባህሪያት ዘለዎ ብፍላጥ ነቲ ጻዕራም ፡ሕጊ ኣኽቢሩ መነባብሮኡ ዝኣሊ ዘሎ ኤርትራዊ ዜጋ ብፍላጥ ንምህሳይ ዝተኣልመ ስለዝኾነ ምስሉይ ይገብሮ። ብዓንተቦኡ’ውን ንፖለቲካዊ ሃልኪ ዝተወስደ ስጉምቲ ምንባሩ ድማ እዩ ዘርእየና። ምኽንያቱ እታ ክትሩኽመሽ ዝተፈርደት
      ኤርትራ ካብቲ ዝተኣልመላ ናይ እከይ መርበባት ሓያል ኮይና ምውጽኣ ስለዘሰንበዶም እዮም ነቲ መጀመርታ ዝወሰድዎ እከይ መርገጽ ክረግሙ ዝስሞዑ ዘለዉ። ተጣበቕቲ ዲሞክራስን ሰብኣዊ መሰላትን ዝበሃሉ ኣካላት ድማ እዮም፡ ዝኾነ ዜጋ ናብ ዝደለዮ ክንቀሳቐስ መሰሉ ከሕድጉ ዝህቅኑ ዘለዉ። እወ ! እዛ እዋን ገለ ከተርእየና እያ። መራኸቢ ብዙሃን ብዝተፈብረኸ ወረ ክኽሰሳ ይስማዕ ኣሎ። ትዝክርዎ’ዶ ቀደም
      ኣትሒዝና ክንምክቶ? ስለዝኾነ፡ ኤርትራውያን ኣብ መትከልና ጸኒዕና ነዚ ሰራም እዋን ክንሰግሮ ዜግነታዊ ሓላፍነትና እዩ።
      ቀዳምነት ንድሕነት ሃገር ።

      1. ~
        ኣየ’ወ ወ ወ ወ ! ! ! – – – ስል ዕ ዕ ል ዕ ዕ ል ል ዕ ዕ !!

        ምንጋር ምንጋሩስ፣ ከከምዚ እና ገበርካ’ዩ’ንበሪ።

        ኣይትሰኣን – – – ምልስ ምልስ’ናልካ ኣዘውትረና ደኣ ኣስነብበና፣ ብጻዩ ጭደድ Bruk Michael።
        ~

    1. Migration is not only an Eritrean issue dumbass. People from all parts of Africa & Asia try to migrate to Europe & USA. Sanctions + 97% assylum acceptance = economic migration.

    2. Daniel ***** it is saying holidaying not living, trying to ridicule Eritrea you made your self look foolish agame, and nothing new on that, you *****!!!

        1. 20 years ago your leader promised you 3 meals a day now even one meal a day ekua nigado!!!and who is trembling and crumbling like a pack playing card because of corruption? answer it honestly and keep it to your self!!

    3. What do you know about Eritrea you SOB! It is your jealousy infected Weyane with the blessing of your master aka – big white brother – that have been trying in vain to set Eritrea’s progress in check. ዕስትኽ ጋዕጋዕ ወያናይ!

  1. TN, this is frankly a biased reporting, if not outright fake news. Neither this author nor the Swiss authorities provided ample examples to support this claim. I wonder why these people have decided to target Eritreans out of all these refugees in Swiss.

  2. European politician thought they could destroy Eritrea by enticing the youth, now they are paying back for the ill conduct they created themselves.

    1. Thank God for the internet. Disseminating information on tweeter account is as powerful as CNN, BBC,….. propaganda mouthpieces of the west. The Western citizens can’t be controlled by the usual propaganda machines of the Western politicians. Now comes the true freedom of the press. Thank God for technology. Soon, we might even get to witness true democracy across the globe. Internet has leveled the playing field. Eritrea needs to catch-up. This information age is both a challenge and opportunity for Eritreans. Education is the key.

  3. My 2c advice to TN: Please remove the picture of the 5 ladies used in this “news”, unless you have a knowledge these ladies are guilty of the alleged accusations.

      1. ~
        ብእንግሊዝንያ ካብ ዘይኰነ ግዜጣ ሃሰውሰው ብምባል፣ መዓር ማዓር ዝምጥዓማ ሓበሬታ ጠቂስካ መራትዖኻ ስለ ዘርኣኻና፣ እቲ ጻዕርኻ ኣደንጺውን ኣሎ ጥራሕ ዘይኰነስ፣ – – – ብሓቂ ነዛ ተስፋ- ኒውስና “ውሃ ዘበለት” መጋበእያ ምዃና መሊስካ ኣርጋጊጽካልና ኣለኻ።

        ነቶም ኣብ’ቲ ዛንታ ብዘሕብን ኣብነት ተዋስኡ ስድራ ቤት ብምሉኦም ብልቢ አምስግን።

        ነዞም ሃገርውያን ሓርበኛታት ስዒቦምን ተጐዝጒዞምን ብምጕዓዝ ዜና ዝጸሓፉ ግዜጠኛታት፣ በቲ ዘሰልቸወናን ልሙድን፣ ኣበር ጥራሕ ንምህንፍናፍ ዝህቅን’ሞ ብገለ ዓማውሎም ዝበሃግ፣ ቀመም ዝበዝሖ ምጅልላሕ ከይትደናገርኩ ድማ፣ ነቲ ዛንታ ኣስተማቒረ ተሓጒሰላ ኣለኹ።

        እቶም ቋንቋ ጀርመን ኣንቢቦም ዘይርድኡ፣ ዋላ ብጉግልን ኣምሳያታቱን ኣተርጒሞም እንተንበብዎ ከምዝፈትውዋ ኣይጠራጠርን።
        ~

  4. Funny News: Just yesterday, the same people were lecturing us, the reasons for accepting any African who claims to be Eritrean was due to the human rights conditions in Eritrea. Now that they have lost the war (of weakening) against Eritrean government by accepting all African Refugees as Eritreans, it is time to control the self inflicted damages caused on their countries by a reversing the flow of migration. The best way is again blame it on “Eritreans”. You are stuck with these “Eritrean” refugees, regardless of their nationality (Eritrean, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Somali, …) and I hope Switzerland pays great pain due to their racist immigration policies.

          1. LOL … The best part of killing them online is, unlike in real life, you can repeat it as many times as you wish for each ugumesh 😉

          2. ~
            ልዕል ኹሉ ‘ንታይ እፈርሕ ‘መስለካ፧

            “ኣያ” ጥረግ፣ “ኣያ” ኾስትር፣ “ኣያ” ሰላሊዓ ብጻይ B.Adal

            ስምካ ጕንፍ ኣብ ዘዝብለንን፣ – – – ትጽሕፎም ዘበሉ ረመጸ- ነበልባላት ኣብ ዘዘንብበሉን፣ ነተን ክልቲአን ዓባይቶታተይ (thumbs) ንሰማይ ከከቃዕርር ተገቲረን ከይተርፋ ስለ ዝሰግእ ጥራሕ፣ ብስክፍታ ክሽቝረር – – – “መከራ ሆንዋል” ነገሩ – – – ነብሲ!
            ~

          3. Nebelbal Nebsi,
            I am always amazed by your wonderful Tigrigna skills, just awesome!!!
            I would pay you to be my personal Tigrigna Tutor. Thank you for your generous words.

          4. ~

            ትሕሾ ደኣ ትሕሾ ሓርበኛና!

            መቸን ! – – – “ቹ(ሹ) ክረን ዘጂላን” እብለካ ድማ። [እንተ ኺኢለያ ኣሊየስ፧]

            ~

      1. Hello Kaleab,
        Unlike many countries in Africa, our independence was achieved with martyrdom of over 100,000 beautiful young Eritreans. So for whatever reason, the misuse of our Eritrean name by any other African shall be punished if/when they get deported to Eritrea.

        1. “the misuse of our Eritrean name by any other African shall be punished if/when they get deported to Eritrea.” I love it, love it… brother B.Adal.

        2. I am curious how you guys will be able to differentiate Tigrayan Ethiopians and Eritreans. Is it the accent? Can’t really depend on that!

          1. The advantage of having small country is that everybody knows everybody. So, if you are from Tigray, you don’t even have to speak.

          2. jordan, what do you mean by “you guys”? Are you on our side or Ugumesh Ethiopian?
            If you are white, then you are right, there is no way jordan to distinguish between any two blacks, let alone between Eritrean and Ugumesh Ethiopian. For us, it is like being able to distinguish between West African and African American. And they don’t have to speak, we would know who is who simply by their demeanor.

  5. These white people, be Europeans and/or Americans created the problem of “refugee influx” by tempting them and, in many cases, encouraging young Eritreans that they would give them unabridged asylum status with no questions asked should they illegally cross the Eritrean borders. And that is precisely what some misguided young people were doing considering the harsh economic reality at home and the temptation of ‘greener pasture’ abroad.
    Now these same racist groups are attempting to find some reasons to kick them back anywhere else but not Europe because they simply did not want to mingle with their race.
    If these people were honest, we have been telling them that the unfortunate kids were simply economic migrants and not ‘political’ refugees as they love to toot their ugly horns. Now, all of a sudden they are using the reality we have been telling them all long, which they shamelessly have been summarily dismissing them as “propaganda of regime supporters”!

  6. I hate that you are posting “news” from the white supremacist website Breitbart. People who frequent stormfront use that website.

  7. PIA once asked about the growing number of Eritreans leaving the country as migrants to Europe and he replied to them there are no Eritrean migrants but tourists. He told them these Eritreans will never abandon their home and at the end of the day they will come back to Eritrea. So many of us mocked him at that time but true to his words, Eritreans have started to flock to the country for their holidays.

    1. What the hell are you talking about ? What about those who did n,t cross the meditrean sea and perished there. I think you are either dumb supporter From the camp of ንሕና ንሱ ንሱ ንሕና or full time paid cyberwarrior (cadre).
      ንሕልናኻ ግበር

      1. If they were alive, they would return. You sound ignorant. The point is Eritrean have true attachment to our homeland. Perhaps it is in our gene.

      2. Asmerom, I feel your pain …
        I tried to explain once to a guy who was a bit mathematically challenged 🙂 on why the result of multiplying a positive number by a negative number is negative. I knew I was in trouble trying to explain to an adult american who had no clue of negative numbers. Since I used to see him playing pool in school lounge, I tried to help him using something he is familiar with, so I started with …
        Let’s say you make a bet of $3 for each pool game you played. If you play 2 games and win both games, then you earned = 2 games x $3/game = $6. However, if you lost both games, then you lost =2 games x $3/game = $6 ==> you earned -$6.
        I’m sure you can guess what his response was to my explanation 🙂 . How about if I get a free game ! ?

    2. Returnees different from visiting (holiday). The fact is that, for all the abovious reasons no one would dare to go and live in the country. Regardless of each individual exit reasons from the country i.e. education, medical, family visit, economic it’s a reality check that for all Eritrean that our country is in need thus stop blaming others.

      Yes of course not only Eritrean are leaving their country but what make special about Eritrea is that we are third next to Syria and Afganistan who have been bombed and mortared around their heads. What about us? Stop blaming wester or American which may attract their way of life to many developing countries but this should not be an excuse to leave the new nation which was, at some point full of hope and opportunities and promised to make the country the tiger of Africa, the land of opportunity etc…

  8. Those ladies are from Australia and study hard at universities to be some one and productive citizens may be one day helping they beloved country so I suggest at least removed the picture

  9. Selling your dignity and country for breadcrumbs is a shameful practice that one would only expect to be a common practice south of our border. Someone once said “When you feel this is the best it is going to get, you are right”
    Those who set the bar about a foot above ground for themselves would have to crawl to the end of their lives.

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