This paper – designated restricted – outlined the key issues in relations between the EU and Eritrea.

Here are two issues it raises [full paper below]

“The human rights ¬†situation in Eritrea is dire. The EU engages with Eritrea to address and improve the human rights situation in the country, to support economic development and improve the livelihood of the Eritrean population and thereby to address root causes for migration.”

The paper states – correctly for March 2017 – that Eritrea is “currently the most important country of origin” in Sub-Saharan Africa for migrants and refugees.

The EU admits bluntly that “addressing¬†irregular¬†migration” is the key European concern, irrespective of how this takes place. Blocking the flight of refugees has been undertaken with energy and resolve, leading to the tens of thousands now held in Libyan detention centres in the most appalling conditions.


EU Eritrea Strategic Paper



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