Author: Lovise Aalen

Lovise Aalen has researched Ethiopian politics for more than a decade (including several long term fieldworks), and has developed an extensive knowledge of the social, economic and political conditions of the country and of the wider Horn of Africa region. She has a wide network of contacts within Ethiopian and Sudanese academia, politics and civil society. For her post doc, she conducted research on the post war power sharing in Sudan and Ethiopia. In her PhD dissertation on the Ethiopian ethnic based federal system (published by Brill, 2011). She is currently leading a 4 year research project on ‘Women in the developmental state: female employment and empowerment in Ethiopia’ funded by the Research Council of Norway and is involved in the ‘Assisting Regional Universities in Sudan and South Sudan’- programme (ARUSS), funded by Norwegian MFA.

Assisted Return Not a Permanent Solution for All Asylum Seekers

Many asylum seekers who choose assisted return are from a country destroyed by war and conflict. More than half of those who return to countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq plan to migrate again. Assisted return is a viable type of support to assist with the return, but is not sufficient to prevent large numbers… Read more »