Refugees who go on holiday in their homeland keep making headlines. In recent years, however, only one nationality was in focus: the Eritreans.
The fact that many refugees travel back to their home countries for a few weeks is shown by the latest figures from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). In 2017, the authority deprived 231 people of their asylum status because they traveled illegally to their home country. That’s an increase of 60 percent over the previous year. “The SEM carefully follows every clue,” says Lukas Rieder, spokesman for the State Secretariat for Migration.
But who now assumes that the authorities especially Eritreans data is mistaken. Eritrea is missing from the top three nations. You have to scroll down the rankings until the name Eritrea still appears on rank 8.
With only 4 cases in which the asylum status was revoked because of a home trip. “In public discourse, it is repeatedly assumed that there are many home trips of Eritrean citizens,” says SEM spokesman Lukas Rieder. “But this is not confirmed by anybody. This shows that public perception and reality may not be exactly the same. »
Toni Locher, Honorary Consul of the State of Eritrea in Switzerland, says otherwise. For him, there is no question that the number of cases in connection with Eritrea can not coincide with reality. He draws comparison to 2016, when Eritrea celebrated 25 years of independence. At that time 120’000 foreigners had traveled to the country. “Of those, there were certainly some from Switzerland, who should not have been allowed to travel under Swiss law,” says Locher.