Will Slashing Conscription Stem the Flow of Eritrean Refugees?

With the declaration of war with Ethiopia, all Eritrean men between the ages of 18 - 50 were required to serve in the army for more than 20 years. This has been given as one of the reasons many Eritreans are leaving the country. The recent announcement by the government that this will be reduced to 18 months has raised hopes that the service could be terminated altogether.

Two young Eritreans wait to board a ferry at Samos Island, Greece. Growing numbers of Eritreans are seeking asylum in Europe.


See What Everyone is Watching

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.