Eritrea’s acceptance of EU development package to resolve migrant crisis indicates steps to reverse international isolation

IHS Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report
28 September 2015


The Eritrean government has signalled its willingness to re-engage with the European Union in order to receive EUR200 million (USD223 million) in development aid proposed in September.

The funds, to be disbursed over five years, are part of a wider Horn of Africa development package approved under the 11th European Development Fund in response to mass migration from the country.

Eritreans make up the third-largest group seeking refuge in Europe, fleeing forced conscription and political persecution. A UN Human Rights Council report in June accused the Eritrean government of abuses that could amount to crimes against humanity. Consequently, the EU does not want the funds administered directly by the government, a sticking point that slowed negotiations in September after they began in April.

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