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Refugees Drown in Attempted Sudanese Smuggling

Among the three biggest camps in eastern Sudan, Shagarab currently houses more than 30,000 mostly Eritrean refugees in addition to some Ethiopians and Somalis.
The first Eritrean refugees start to arrive in the Eastern Sudan was in 1968 during the early years of Eritrea’s war of independence against Ethiopia. Among the three biggest camps in eastern Sudan, Shagarab currently houses more than 15,000 mostly Eritrean refugees in addition to some Ethiopians and Somalis.

By AFP,

AT LEAST eight asylum-seekers have drowned trying to cross a river in Sudan during an attempt to smuggle them out of a refugee camp, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.

The accident happened as a group of from the Shegarab-1 camp in the eastern state of Kassala tried to cross the Atbara river on Wednesday evening. Continue reading Refugees Drown in Attempted Sudanese Smuggling

Tanzania Deports 253 Ethiopian Illegal Migrants: IOM

Hundreds of illegal Ethiopian immigrants have been nabbed by police as they are trying to made their way to South Africa through illegal entry points in Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (Picture: The returnees at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa)

By IOM Ethiopia,

SOME 253 illegal Ethiopian migrants who have been detained for more than a year in Tanzania, including 30 unaccompanied minors, have been deported back to Ethiopia last week (28th Nov).

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated their return.  Continue reading Tanzania Deports 253 Ethiopian Illegal Migrants: IOM

UNHCR is Part of the Problem of Illegal Migration

“The UNHCR has become an unwitting catalyst for the youth migration by invariably categorizing all Eritrean migrants as “prima facia asylum seekers” – MFA

By The Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

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?

1./ Migration and population movements are complex continental and global phenomena whose ebbs and flows are influenced by intertwined push and pull factors. Continue reading UNHCR is Part of the Problem of Illegal Migration

Eritrea Called for a Thorough Vetting Process to Determine Refugee from Economic Migrant

Developing the necessary capacity to maintain the clear distinction between economic migrants and refugees as well as creating a mechanism on identifying who is who, and what his/her true identity and nationality is a prerequisite for a long term solution of their repatriation or reintegration

By TesfaNews,

DURING the general discussion on the report of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Questions relating to Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons at the third committee of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Eritrea stressed for the need to have a clear distinction between economic migrants and refugees.

A statement made by Ms. Elsa Haile, Director of Regional and International Organizations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, states that conducting a thorough vetting process in determining refugee claimants from economic migrants are a prerequisite for a long term solution of their repatriation or reintegration. Continue reading Eritrea Called for a Thorough Vetting Process to Determine Refugee from Economic Migrant

2014 Becomes the Deadliest Year at Sea Off Yemen

The number of migrants and asylum-seekers deaths at the sea of Yemen in 2014 was higher than the last three years combined while October’s shipwreck was the largest single loss of life for this year (62)

By UNHCR,

THE UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined.

One of the recent tragic incidents took place on 2 October when 64 migrants and three crew died when their vessel, sailing from Somalia, sank in the Gulf of Aden. Since, then five more deaths bring the yearly tally for 2014 to 215, exceeding the combined total for 2011, 2012 and 2013 of 179. Continue reading 2014 Becomes the Deadliest Year at Sea Off Yemen

Eritrea Calls for a Robust and Concerted Effort on Identification and Prosecution of Human Traffickers

Regional Conference that was convened in Khartoum from 13-16 October 2014 was organised by the AU, Sudan, UNHCR and IOM to address issues of Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the the Horn of Africa

By TesfaNews

AN ERITREAN delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh is currently in Khartoum participating at a regional ministerial conference on Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Horn of Africa.

Organized by the African Union (AU) in collaboration with the Government of the Sudan, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Conference aims to explore cooperation among the member states in the region to address the challenges of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa, and to come up with a common approach in addressing this issue.  Continue reading Eritrea Calls for a Robust and Concerted Effort on Identification and Prosecution of Human Traffickers