The Home Office has been criticised for a policy which excluded Eritrean children evicted from the Calais Jungle camp from resettlement in the UK. Documents obtained by the Public Law Project show how asylum decisions for Eritreans have been based on questionable information about conditions in the country.
Information downplayed rights abuses and meant some Eritrean children in Calais were refused entry to UK
The Home Office used the lower grant rates as a reason for excluding almost all Eritrean children in the Calais refugee camp aged 13-15. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
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|Published January 20, 2017
What will happen to Eritrean asylum seekers after Israel deports them?
The Israeli government must not withhold information from the public about the dangers faced by Eritrean asylum seekers it is planning to deport.
By Sigal Avivi
Total people in need: 2 million
On Friday 6 January, a court in Nice, southern France, acquitted Pierre-Alain Mannoni for helping three Eritrean women who had crossed the border from Italy.
"In France today we have the right to save people in distress," said researcher Pierre-Alain Mannoni, who faced a potential six-month suspended jail sentence for aiding Eritrean migrants who came into France from Italy.
Around eleven o’clock on the night of October 10, 2015, Samson Arefaine learned that he had been selected to play on the national soccer team of Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa. For two months, he had been in a training camp in the capital, Asmara, with thirty-three other men, vying for ten open spots on the Red Sea Camels. Now the team was due to fly to Botswana in less than two hours, to play in a World Cup qualifying match. Arefaine needed to pack quickly, so he ran to his room, in a house that team officials had arranged for players to use during the camp. The house had no electricity, and he struggled to see in the dark, but he managed to throw some shirts, shorts, and sandals into a bag. On the way to the airport, he called his parents and told them the exciting news.
EU plans to try and stop the flow of refugees from Eritrea are causing officials to downplay a UN report into potential crimes against humanity by the regime.
A teenage refugee from Eritrea is ready for her first Christmas in Hertfordshire after being fostered by a in Mercury land.
Ten girls from the east African and Ethiopia arrived in the county in October after the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais was dismantled.
They had travelled around 3,350 miles unaccompanied for more than a year, fleeing harrowing circumstances in their home countries.