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EASO Quarterly Asylum Report Quarter 2, 2014  European Asylum Support Office    Full Report

Key trends in focus 

Syria – The number of Syrian applicants increased by 24 % compared to the previous quarter. With 22 595 persons recorded, Syrians exceeded by a large margin the next largest group of applicants from the six Western Balkan countries and set a new quarterly high since the Eurostat collection started in 2008.

Eritrea – During Q2 2014, EU+ countries registered a 263 % increase in the number of applicants from Eritrea and reached a level never recorded before for this citizenship. As a result, Eritreans became the third largest group of applicants in the EU+, totalling 14 230 applicants for international protection or 11 % of the EU+ total.

Ukraine – In Q2 2014, with 2 470 applicants, Ukrainians entered for the first time the top 20 citizenship of applicants in the EU+, ranking in 14th place. Applications by Ukrainian citizens were lodged throughout Europe

 

Map 3: Distribution of Eritrean asylum applicants in EU+, Q2 2014     Source: Eurostat data as of 29.09.2014

During Q2 2014, EU+ countries registered a 263 % increase in the number of applicants from Eritrea, reaching levels never recorded before for this citizenship. The beginning of the spring (April 2014) was marked by a very large influx of Eritreans applying for international protection, already exceeding the monthly peak registered during the summer of 2013. The flow accelerated in May, doubling compared to April, and stabilized in June at around 5 500 applicants per month.

Map 3: Distribution of Eritrean asylum applicants in EU+, Q2 2014     Source: Eurostat data as of 29.09.2014

During Q2 2014, EU+ countries registered a 263 % increase in the number of applicants from Eritrea, reaching levels never recorded before for this citizenship. The beginning of the spring (April 2014) was marked by a very large influx of Eritreans applying for international protection, already exceeding the monthly peak registered during the summer of 2013. The flow accelerated in May, doubling compared to April, and stabilized in June at around 5 500 applicants per month.

Spike in the number of Eritrean refugee arrivals

Northern Ethiopia continues to receive large numbers of Eritrean refugees, including unaccompanied minors. The number of daily refugee arrivals spiked since the first week of September. At present, more than 200 Eritreans cross the Ethiopian border each day.

The sudden spike in arrivals cause congestion at the reception centre. Unaccompanied minors and separated children are spending more than one week at the centre, adding to protection concerns. UNHCR and the Government refugee agency, ARRA, are trying to address this gap. Some 19,000 refugees were registered in 2014, including 1,836 in September and 1,700 in October. As of 16 October, Ethiopia hosted 104,343 Eritrean refugees.

 
H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Permanent Representative of Eritrea at the United NationsIntervention by Ambassador Girma Asmerom at the Informal Consultation With the UN Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom, addressed the UN Sanctions Committee on October 10th following the release of the 2014 Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) Report.

After thanking the UN Secretariat and the Chairperson of the Committee for providing the opportunity, Ambassador Girma went on to explain the numerous irregularities and groundless allegations that are allowed to be incorporated within the report. Read More

Running battles between African mobs, riot police with tear gas, a teenage girl killed chasing a truck to get to Britain... Just another day on the Calais front line | 
Their faces covered, a gang of Ethiopian youths marches towards a rival camp in Calais brandishing sticks and rocks.

As they come into sight, a group of Eritreans arm themselves and rush out to defend their territory.

But French riot police are on the scene within minutes. After firing tear gas from behind their shields they manage to drive the groups apart.

Yesterday’s clash was over almost as soon as it started – but it will happen again today. And tomorrow.

Eritreans and Ethiopians fighting over various routes into the ferry port appeared to be the principal reason for the fights, a police spokesman said.

It is thought that rows with people-smugglers who charge up to £1,000 cash for passage to Britain have also contributed to the trouble.

Yesterday, one Ethiopian man, who asked not to be named, said that Eritrean people smugglers were charging money for access to coveted areas for sneaking aboard lorries.

‘They are trying to charge us 500 euro (£395) to get on a lorry and they will not let us wait in the good areas where the lorries are parked,’ he said. ‘It is not fair that one group of people get access and another don’t. They cannot keep it to themselves.’
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