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Eritreans will no longer get automatic asylum

National News // Feb. 3, 2017

A court has ended Swiss policy of accepting all Eritrean nationals as asylum seekers. Previously the Swiss government recognized anyone fleeing the African country as a legitimate refugee.

John Beso Eritreans will no longer get automatic asylum

The court ruled that it can’t be accepted that anyone leaving Eritrea is in danger. It said evidence of some Eritreans gaining asylum status, then only to return for brief family visits, showed many were not in danger.

Eritreans make up the largest single nationality of asylum requests – around 5,000 a year.

The ruling ends the process – and can’t be appealed. 

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