Swiss court tightens asylum criteria for Eritreans | Daily Mail Online (

A Swiss court has slammed shut the Alpine country's open-door policy toward Eritreans which had automatically granted them refugee status.

In announcing its decision Thursday, the court said the lax policy was unjustified. It had also been criticised by several Swiss politicians who claimed it was being abused.

To qualify as a refugee upon arrival in Switzerland, Eritreans simply needed to say that they had left their country "illegally"

That description could feasibly apply to anyone who flees the Horn of Africa nation, where an autocratic government enforces universal military conscription and requires citizens to secure exit visas before travel, which are rarely given out. [...] MORE