Support of France to Eritreans refugees
The Government of France donated 550,000 Euros (14 million Ethiopian birrs) in support of the UN Refugee Agency’s work in Ethiopia. The money will specifically go to enhancing UNHCR’s delivery of international protection and critical services to some 57,000 Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region. On average, between 1,000 and 1,200 Eritreans seek refuge in Ethiopia every month.
The terms of the agreement specify three main areas of intervention, including the improvement of living conditions for Eritrean refugees in the four camps; support to the most vulnerable groups, especially young girls and unaccompanied minors (children who arrive on their own) and awareness raising on the dangers of illegal immigration from the camps.
French Ambassador Brigitte Collet explained that “the tragic accident of Lampedusa, last October, during which several hundred Eritrean migrants died, brings to light the precariousness of the situation of these refugees despite the help supplied by Ethiopia and UNHCR “. She added that “with the signature of this agreement, France wishes to bring an urgent response to prevent similar disasters and confirms its commitment, expressed last October on the occasion of the visit in Paris of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, Mr Antonio Guterres, to handle the increasing problem of refugees and displaced persons.