Ethiopia ceased to give asylum to Eritreans
Ethiopia has stopped granting automatic asylum to Eritreans entering the country.
For years, Ethiopia had an “open-door” policy towards refugees from countries such as South Sudan and Eritrea, earning it widespread acclaim among international donors.
The head of Ethiopia’s Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs said a lack of individual refugee status determination in the past has resulted in a high number of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia.
“This uncontrolled practice has resulted in a high influx of unaccompanied minors, illegal migrants and others who do not fulfill the criteria laid out in international instruments,” Eyob Awoke said. “As such, we have initiated a strict modus operandi whose implementation will be applied to all nationalities hosted by Ethiopia.”
Eyob said that from now on, current conditions in countries of origin including human rights, security situations and socio-economic and humanitarian factors will be taken into account to ensure an “evidence-based process.”
Eyob also cited a funding cut from international partners and donors.
Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2018 ended two decades of hostilities by agreeing to end a border conflict and restoring ties. But rights groups have noted little sign of repressive measures being loosened inside Eritrea.