April 2011

By Chefena Hailemariam, Sarah Ogbay and Goodith White

This paper describes how Eritrea has one of the world’s largest proportions of its population living abroad, and how English takes on an increasingly important role as the language of communication between the diaspora and their families still in Eritrea.

This chapter is an extract from the publication Dreams and Realities: Developing Countries and the English Language, edited by Hywel Coleman, which presents a selection of papers about people’s experiences of English language policy and English development projects from around the world.