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Minister looking into Eritrean asylum spike – The Copenhagen Post

The justice minister Karen Hækkerup has announced that she wants to look into the increasing number of asylum-seekers hailing from the east African country of Eritrea. Last month Denmark experienced 510 asylum seekers from Eritrea, compared

The justice minister Karen Hækkerup has announced that she wants to look into the increasing number of asylum-seekers hailing from the east African country of Eritrea.

Last month Denmark experienced 510 asylum seekers from Eritrea, compared to an average of about ten per month during the first quarter of this year.

“We need to look into who the asylum-seekers from Eritrea are, why they are coming to Denmark, and whether they have legitimate protection needs,” Hækkerup said in a press release.

“If they don’t, they need to be sent back. I’ve noted that Udlændingestyrelsen [immigration services] intends to send a mission to the area to evaluate the situation.”

READ MORE: Number of asylum seekers charged with crimes rising

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The minister went on to explain that the many Eritrean asylum-seekers will not be granted asylum until the evaluation has been completed.

Denmark isn’t the only nation to experience a spike in Eritrean asylum-seekers recently. Norway, the Netherlands and Germany have all experienced similar increases, and the Justice Ministry is in dialogue with the authorities in the three nations to glean their experiences.

Hækkerup has also established a work group tasked with looking into how border control areas and airports can be improved in terms of tackling human trafficking and illegal immigration.

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  • EBOLA August 15, 2014

    Xinhua News Agency August 13, 2014 4:15am

    Albania detains illegal Eritrean immigrants with suspected Ebola symptoms

    TIRANA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Albanian police Tuesday detained some 40 illegal immigrants from Eritrea, five of whom have symptoms of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

    Local media said the illegal immigrants were arrested near the city of Vlore, in south Albania. The five who have suspected symptoms were taken to a local hospital for further tests.

    There’s no exact statistics of refugees coming from poor and war-torn African countries to Albania. Official data shows that in the first half of 2014, about 500 Eritrean and Somali immigrants were detained in Albania. Their destination is some of the Western European countries.

    The largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded began in Guinea in December 2013 and spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, where a total of 1,848 cases have been reported, including 1,013 deaths, according to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The WHO warned last Friday that the disease is now a “public health emergency of international concern” and called for a coordinated international response to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola.

    Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.

    Xinhua is China’s state-run news agency.

    All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    • ahmed saleh August 16, 2014

      I was wondering on your past comments why you pick that fatal virus name in here . At the end
      you come into this conclusion . Either true or not I truly suspect your intention .
      Because of the symptoms that doesn’t mean they carry the virus . Spreading such unfounded
      and irresponsible information might put those Eritrean refugees

      • ahmed saleh August 16, 2014

        continue ;
        – condition issues at controversial dilemma .

        • ahmed saleh August 16, 2014

          In fact Assenna should stay alerted toward commentators who keep change their pen-names to conceal
          identity from gaining attention . Not to reveal real name is a matter of choice which is respected
          but at this kind of disguising approach it sends negative message to bring suspicion .

          • ebola August 16, 2014


            I did not make up the news,I gave you the link..Why would you attach it to motive,you think I would like Eritreans to get ebola.
            Please wise up.It is legitimate news & it might warn people thinking to use Albania as a bridge. Or are tyou thinking Albania belonged to weyane ?

  • B. Michael August 16, 2014


    You should attach some form of a disclaimer to the above commen.I think.


  • ebola August 16, 2014

    B. Michael

    it is not my comment ,it is news with a link ,what is wrong with you guys ?

  • ahmed saleh August 16, 2014

    You may call it legitimate news and I
    call it misleading news . Because of
    symptoms to spread the news without
    evidence is irresponsible .
    Since it concern Eritreans we should question their motives to find the truth
    instead we approve anything we read .
    Why you mix Weyane in this case ?

  • EBOLA August 16, 2014


    The news goes “Albania detains illegal Eritrean immigrants with suspected Ebola symptoms” states suspected Ebola symptoms.
    This is Chinese news ,you can call them and tell them that they are lying..that nobody was detained for such reason. Maybe the Eritreans passed by Nigeria ..THIS DOES NOT MEAN ALL ERITREAN REFUGEES HAVE EBOLA, MAYBE 10% OR NOBODY ..YOU COULD BE A DOCTOR ,I AM NOT.


  • B. Michael August 18, 2014

    I have a problem with the comment more than the “news”. You do not have a means to show us whether it is real news, that’s of a serious disease. I suspect and hope it is rumors. Ahmed put it the right way.
    As Eritrean, if you are one, you care not to spread panic among our people and our refugees. You know they are in distress both in and out of their land. By now you are aware also that not any symptom is an epidemic. If it is meant to sound like a warning, your nick is enough!
    Responsible comment is what we need. As for the infected refugees, we shall soon be informed by the authorities of the country concerned. Since you brought it to the website, perhaps you could follow up to alert us about the tests! Your concern is mine.
    You and I should care for the audience so as to be positive contributors. Do not worry there is no wrong with me and I am open minded. I can deal even with vexing regime supporters.

  • B. Michael August 18, 2014


    Sorry, but the link in the comment section is a sort of (indirect) comment! I do not mean you endorse the whole package. If you are of the opinion it is not serious. Ok! Neither I want it to be serious.