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Eritrea calls on UNHCR to return ‘stranded’ citizens home from Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ASMARA – The Eritrean government has strongly remonstrated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, over what it said was forced resettlement of its citizens stranded in Libya.

Eritrea contends that the UNHCR’s decision to send Eritreans to a Niger camp under a third-country resettlement scheme was unacceptable.

Information Minister Yemane Meskel said on Tuesday that the Foreign Ministry had summoned the UNHCR’s resident representative over the development.

He added that the government was demanding an urgent ratification of eligibility guidelines used by the UN in resettlement efforts.
Eritrea has long been classed as one of the main contributors of migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean route. The government has routinely rejected claims that unfavorable political and economic conditions back home was forcing young people to flee.
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