UNHCR: 97,000 refugees arrived in Yemen in eight months

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2019-10-13 | Since 6 Month

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More than 97,000 refugees arrived in Yemen in the first eight months of this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Saturday.

"Despite the humanitarian crisis and ongoing fighting, the number of new arrivals to Yemen has increased this year," UNHCR said in a report.

About 97,96 people arrived in the first eight months of 2019, of whom 37,224 arrived between April and May, the report said.

Ethiopian nationals make up the majority of new arrivals, according to the UNHCR report.

African refugees are compounding the challenges for Yemeni authorities, who are unable to protect their coastal strip from smuggling, and unable to provide the necessary support to those refugees who flow daily into the country.

The migrants from the Horn of Africa take Yemen as a transit route to the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, which they enter through smuggling in order to work.

Thousands of migrants arrive in Yemen every year, mostly from the Horn of Africa, to escape drought and unemployment at home in the hope of wage employment in the Gulf.

On September 28, the International Organization for Migration said the number of African migrants facilitated by the voluntary evacuation from Yemen to their countries during 2019 had risen to 5,000.

The organization said in a tweet to its office in Yemen on "Twitter" that it has facilitated the voluntary repatriation of 5,000 migrants and refugees from Yemen since the beginning of this year.

The United Nations estimates there are some 280,000 African refugees in Yemen, mostly Ethiopian and Somali nationals.

 


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