German minister expresses optimism after visit to Eritrea


A decline in migrants from Eritrea is expected after the country and Ethiopia have made peace, Germany’s development minister said on Friday after visiting the long-reclusive country.

Gerd Mueller spoke to reporters in Ethiopia after meeting Eritrea’s longtime President Isaias Afwerki.

Eritrea has been a major source of migrants fleeing toward Europe and elsewhere, but a dramatic diplomatic thaw in recent months with Ethiopia and its new prime minister has brought fresh attention from the international community.

Germany currently has about 75 000 asylum-seekers from Eritrea and some 15 000 young Eritreans have sought asylum “in the course of this year” alone, Mueller said.

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