Mekelle, Ethiopia

Eritrean Refugees in Mekelle

Researcher: Gunn Berit Obrestad, master student

(Photo: private)

In my project on Eritrean refugees in the city of Mekelle, I explore in what ways pre-existing (both local in Mekelle and global) networks and connections are important for the refugees in surviving in the city, and also in getting out of the city. Further, I investigate the role of `future aspirations` in their migratory choices as well as the information channals that influence the formation of these aspirations, and the role of new communication technologies such as facebook in the flow of this information.

Published Sep. 16, 2016 1:06 PM