Video: Majority Eritreans are Economic Migrants, Swiss Politician

Majority Eritreans are Economic Migrants, Swiss Politician


Video Below 02/16/16 – SVP National Thomas Aeschi wanted to see with his own eyes how people live in Eritrea and why last year alone 10 000 Eritreans in Switzerland are seeking asylum. After his trip, he shows his photo album and takes stock. For him, it is clear: The majority are economic refugees and it needs a reassessment of the situation. | February 16, 2016


National Councillor Thomas Aeschi (UDC / ZG), one of the Swiss parliament who went in recent days in Eritrea, advocates a strengthening of relations between Bern and Asmara.


It is mainly to verify first-hand the humanitarian situation on the ground and facilitate the referral in the African country of the original asylum seekers in the country.


As his traveling colleagues, he believes that Eritrea is "hell" painted by the various international reports, even the UN, and the media.


Several Swiss politicians went last week in Eritrea. Next to Aeschi have been part of the journey national councilors Yvonne Feri (PS / AG) and Claude Béglé (PPD / VD) and the Aargau State Councillor Susanne Hochuli (Verdi). Yesterday he also visited their colleague Christian Wasserfallen (FDP / BE).


As already stated by Hochuli the Sunday press, Aeschi, currently in India, the ATS in two telephone interviews and in Le Temps, he argues essentially that the situation in the country does not think of a totalitarian state.

Aeschi Eritrean asylum seekers in Switzerland and Europe are driven largely by economic motives. Eritrea says the National Council, is indeed a very poor country. During the journey the importance of economic migration was also emphasized by the ambassador of the EU, Christian Manahal. The diplomat confirmed the allegations made by the ATS Aeschi, making a clarification: the Eritreans leave their country even after the military service, which forces them to arms for indefinite durations.


Aeschi not exclude violations of human rights, but does not consider them prevailing. Switzerland should send in place a commission to shed light on the situation. A UN commission, in a particularly severe relationship with Asmara, was based only on testimonies of expatriates.


For the National Council a readmission agreement is realistic. Otherwise it not explained how thousands of Eritreans forced by Israel in camps in the desert prefer to return to their country. Torture is not systematic definitely.


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Majority Eritreans are Economic Migrants, Swiss Politician


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