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29 Dec 2012 description
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  • The 2013 response plan aims to provide aid to 7.7 million Yemenis, increasing funding requirements by 22%
  • Increased protection, health concerns among migrants due to abuse and torture
  • Government, Al-Houthis make new commitments to address use of child soldiers
  • Humanitarian partners to scale up operations in support of Abyan returnees
  • Health/WASH interventions in the north amid access and funding challenges
11 Dec 2012 description

An IOM-charter flight carrying 210 stranded Ethiopian migrants from Yemen to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa left Al-Hodeida airport yesterday (11/12/12.)

The flight, which was funded by a USD 2.1 million donation from the Netherlands, brings to more than 9,500 the number of destitute Ethiopian migrants helped by IOM to leave Yemen since 2010.

IOM’s emergency voluntary return programme for stranded migrants in Yemen has now received new backing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC.)

28 Nov 2012 description

Overview of the project

The Horn of Africa and Yemen is home to highly visible migration flows, whose numbers have been increasing over the last two decades. Migration in this region has been described as ‘mixed’, a term used to capture the varied social, economic, political, and environmental motivations of individuals who utilise similar migration channels and trajectories, and, as the insights from this project emphasize, the multiple motivations for migration that may co-exist within the same individual.

23 Nov 2012 description
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  • More than 80,000 IDPs in southern Yemen have returned home

  • Yemen has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the Gulf region (336/100,000)

  • A new survey shows that 69.7 per cent of the population in 28 districts lacks sufficient water

  • The 2013 YHRP focuses on saving lives, early recovery, protecting civilians and joint programming

  • ERF monitoring has been scaled up with field visits and awareness raising

16 Nov 2012 description

GENEVA, 16 November (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has helped more than 80,000 internally displaced Yemenis return to their homes in the south of their country, the first significant fall in the number of displaced in the area since fighting erupted 18 months ago.

11 Nov 2012 description

Food Security and Malnutrition

A large part of the country is facing food insecurity, malnutrition, lack of safe water, inadequate health services and displacement of civilians. A significant number of humanitarian partners are on the ground, but they need resources to sustain ongoing operations and expand to other areas of need.

Displacement and Conflict

02 Nov 2012 description

Human rights abuses, killings, sexual violence, abductions and ransom demands, lack of jobs, discrimination in the workplace and widespread poverty and destitution are some of the many problems facing Ethiopian migrant’s en-route to, transiting through or intending to settle in Yemen, a research report by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) has uncovered.

18 Oct 2012 description

Posted on Wednesday, October 10 2012 at 13:18 - written by: RMMS

In the second quarter of 2012 (1st of April -31st of June) based on data recorded, the following trends relevant to mixed migration in the region were identified:

Increased movement to Yemen

04 Oct 2012 description
report Al Jazeera

Sharp rise in arrivals seen even though many find they are no better off in impoverished nation than they were at home.

Read the story and watch the video on Al Jazeera.

22 Sep 2012 description
report Kuwait News Agency

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- A senior UN official is urging the international community, in particular Yemen's neighbours, to increase humanitarian and development aid to the country or risk seeing Yemen fall into chaos and anarchy.

"If Yemen does not get international help it is a new Somalia in the making," Naveed Hussain, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Representative in Yemen told the Kuwait news agency, KUNA, in an interview during a visit to Brussels on Friday

21 Sep 2012 description

The Regional Committee on Mixed Migration for the Horn of Africa and Yemen will hold its second meeting in Djibouti on 23- 24 September 2012.

The meeting, which will be hosted by Djibouti and organized by IOM, follows an earlier event held in Addis Ababa in December 2011 and will include member government delegations from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Puntland and Yemen.

Egypt, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia will also attend as observer states, together with representatives from the donor community, IGAD, the AU, UNHCR and NGOs.

21 Sep 2012 description

An IOM-charter flight carrying 275 stranded Ethiopian migrants from Yemen to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa will leave Al-Hodeida airport on Tuesday (25/9/12.)

The flight, which was funded by a USD 2.1 donation from the Netherlands, follows two other Dutch-funded charters on Tuesday and Wednesday (18 & 19/9) of this week carrying another 551 migrants. A third charter, carrying 89 medical cases and victims of trafficking, funded by the USA, left Yemen earlier this month.

19 Sep 2012 description


  • Rising global food prices could further threaten Yemen's food security as the country imports 90 per cent of its food.

  • The number of migrants arriving from the Horn of Africa has exceeded all previous records.

  • Humanitarian operations continue in northern Yemen despite fragile security.

  • An increasing number of IDPs in the south are vacating schools, creating an opportunity for children's education to resume.

  • Donor meeting in Riyadh pledged $6.4 billion to support Yemen's transition.

10 Sep 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

The world’s media have made the Republic of Yemen, on the Arabian Pensinsula’s tip, facing the Horn of Africa across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, all too well-known as a country of turbulence.

Long-standing separatist insurrections, and in recent years activity by an Al Qaeda affiliate have combined to created a climate of perilous insecurity for this nation of 24 million.

But adding to its challenges has been a huge extra influx of population.

28 Aug 2012 description

GENEVA, 28 August 2012

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.