A ban on Eritrean refugees working in Ethiopia is hampering efforts to reduce illegal “secondary” migration.

And as a result, tens of thousands are risking violence and drowning in pursuit of a better life.

Record has it that most Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopian camps are now trying to escape to a third country in the hope of getting a job, security and a settled life.

More than 5,000 refugees flee Eritrea each month to escape poverty, political persecution and the prospect of potentially indefinite military conscription.

In 2014, 84 percent of Eritreans interviewed in Ethiopia said they planned on moving to another country, while around two-thirds pursued secondary migration in 2015.




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