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Africa Will Rise Again: Revolution Against French Colonialism Inevitable – Eritrean Author

How does the use of CFA franc allow the exploitation of 14 African countries that use it? And how could this new chain of colonialism be broken?
How does the use of CFA franc allow the exploitation of 14 African countries that uses it? And how could this new chain of colonialism be broken? Sputnik Italy spoke to Eritrean writer Daniel Wedi Korbaria.

BY SPUTNIK NEWS

Africa is emptying. Thousands of people are fleeing their countries. In Italy, the debate is polarised between those who favour and oppose migration, but no one really dwells on the root causes of this phenomenon. Continue reading Africa Will Rise Again: Revolution Against French Colonialism Inevitable – Eritrean Author

Eritrea: EU’s Ambivalent Stance on Migration

Does EU’s “new policy” on migration stem from philanthropic considerations or does it actually camouflage other ulterior political motives? Can the new approach offer a credible panacea to the underlying problem?

BY SHABAIT | EDITORIAL

In what appears as a knee-jerk reaction to public outrage following the recent CNN footage showing “migrants being sold as slaves” in Libya, the EU has floated the notion of a “humanitarian corridor” to relocate “stranded refugees to Europe”.

In an apparent bid to elaborate the contours of this new policy, Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, stated this week that “up to 10,000 refugees are slated to benefit from the programme in 2018”. Continue reading Eritrea: EU’s Ambivalent Stance on Migration

Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Europe. But it’s also because smugglers make more money shipping petrol.

BY THE ECONOMIST

Over the past three summers, tens of thousands of migrants piled into boats to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. This summer, though, the sea was unusually empty.

Since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal in 2016—in effect closing the eastern route to Greece—Italy has been the main destination for migrants. But the number of arrivals there in July was down by more than half compared with last year. In August it fell even further: fewer than 4,000 people came ashore, against more than 21,000 in August 2016. It was the lowest monthly figure recorded in nearly two years. Continue reading Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

‘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.

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

Finally, EU Gets Tough on African Migrants

No more Mr. Nice Guy. EU sending message to would-be migrants and African leaders who refused to take back their migrants. New EU hard-nosed policy to clamp down migration will use the threat of cutting development aid and restricting trade.

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald,

Encouraged by their success in halting a mass influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and cutting a controversial deal with Turkey, EU leaders are getting tough on African migrants too.

A Brussels summit on Thursday will endorse pilot projects to pressure African governments via aid budgets to slow an exodus of people north across the Sahara and Mediterranean. It also wants swift results from an EU campaign to deport large numbers who reach Italy. Continue reading Finally, EU Gets Tough on African Migrants

Eritrea FM: Europe Encouraged Our Youth to Migrate

By AskaNews [*Google translation from Italian],

Why Europe and Italy are so surprised and speak of migratory problem, when it was the West that invite the Eritreans to leave their Country, attracting them with opportunities for study and work? If Europe stops automatically granting political asylum to Eritreans, the Eritreans will stop leaving.”

This is what the Eritrean Foreign Minister H.E. Osman Saleh Mohammed, said while interviewed by askanews on the sidelines of the Eritrean Community Festival in Italy. Continue reading Eritrea FM: Europe Encouraged Our Youth to Migrate