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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Trafficking and migration tightened by Ethiopia

The young applicants are particularly scrutinised and their chance of getting a visa is minimal.



(Medeshi)- The process of controlling and preventing Young Africans from the Horn venturing into the unknown desert and the treacherous Mediterranean sea has started at the Ethiopian boundaries with its neighbours.
The first of this is Somaliland. Ethiopia has recently closed the free passage points from Somaliland to Ethiopia.
Any Somalilander that wants to visit Ethiopia or go there for getting visas from the Western Embassies is required to apply for a visa in Somaliland.
The visa process is rigorous. The young applicants are particularly scrutinised and their chance of getting a visa is minimal.
People that have an authentic need to travel for medical reasons or businesses are  given priorities.
The Ethiopian consular services are busy and strict.
Previously, the Ethiopian Airlines used to obtain visas for its passengers who wanted to visit Ethiopia. That process is now taken by the Ethiopian consulate in Hargeisa.
The move behind the clampdown of cross movement with Ethiopia is said to be the influence by the EU to reduce migrants coming from the region.
A huge funding is reported to have been given to the Ethiopian government by the EU to tackle migration to Europe at the grassroots.
The result is that there are more Eritreans than Somalis currently flooding into the dangerous seas. The war in Yemen has also reduced the flow of Somalis through the red sea to Yemen.
The move of closing the borders of Somaliland with Ethiopia is good for the people of Somaliland. It will save lives, prevent brain drain and benefit the nation.