To Escape Military Service, Thousands Of Young Eritreans Flee To Europe

April 21, 2015 8:42 PM

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In stories that we report about migrants who die at sea in the Mediterranean, some nationalities figure a lot more than others. Syrians fleeing the war or refugee camps are heavily represented and so are Eritreans, whose situation back in their home country is far less publicized here. Eritrea is a country of 6 million people. It's on the Horn of Africa. It fought to break away from Ethiopia for many years, and won its independence in 1993.

Why are so many Eritreans fleeing to Europe? Well, Dan Connell is a visiting scholar Boston University's African Studies Center. He has written extensively about the country. And, Mr. Connell, what drives so many people out of Eritrea?

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