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20 May 2017 description

Mixed migration flows within, from and to the East Africa and Yemen region continued to be affected by a number of complex dynamics, including conflict, drought and economic reasons among others. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees continued to be at a significant risk of harm, ranging from abduction, physical abuse and death on land and at sea. Policy considerations remained focussed on limiting irregular migration, particularly to Europe.

Irregular Movement from East Africa and Yemen

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)

01 Dec 2016 description

Conflict and drought to drive severe acute food insecurity through at least May 2017

Key Messages

16 Nov 2015 description
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  • Almost 6,000 families across six governorates have been displaced by the impact of the two cyclones.

  • The majority are located in the governorates of Socotra, Hadramaut and Shabwah.

  • Socotra Island is still facing electricity and water shortages, with many displaced families still sheltering in public buildings and tents. Local authorities are calling for additional assistance.

10 Oct 2013 description


  • 43 per cent of Yemenis are food insecure, with rural residents worst affected.
  • Over 3,200 children are out of class in Amran, as 16 schools remain closed after recent clashes.
  • Since June, an estimated 200,000 Yemenis have returned from Saudi Arabia. Without remittances, their families could face greater food insecurity.
  • Nearly half of 52,568 flood-affected people have received humanitarian assistance
10 Oct 2013 description

Substantial needs persist in Yemen. At 43 per cent, food insecurity rates remain largely unchanged, despite localized deteriorations in Abyan and Shabwah. Flash floods since August affected over 52,000 people in 26 districts, underscoring continued vulnerability to natural disasters. Meanwhile, tribal clashes have further narrowed humanitarian space in the north, where over 250,000 people remain displaced.

04 Sep 2013 description

Torrential rains inundated several governorates in mid-August, disrupting the livelihoods of more than 20,000 people in eight governorates. Nearly 40 people died, including 18 in a wedding convoy that was washed away in Taizz. Several others are still missing. Humanitarian partners are responding to the needs of those affected, but many of these partners are still under-funded. Currently, the 2013 YHRP is only 44 per cent funded. In the north, continuing tensions in Dammaj remain a concern. The area is inaccessible so humanitarian partners are unable to verify the situation.

04 Sep 2013 description


· Heavy rains and floods have affected 23,566 people, killed nearly 40 and damaged shelters and livelihoods
· Fears that an escalation of tensions in Dammaj could lead to civilian displacements
· 13 humanitarian workers were kidnapped between January 2012 and May 2013, placing Yemen among the five countries with most kidnappings of aid workers
· 31.5 per cent of school age children are not in class
· The 2013 polio immunization campaign averaged 97 per cent coverage nationwide

06 May 2013 description
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  • The plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa has worsened, with 25,000 people stranded in Haradh.

  • More than 200 schools have been rehabilitated by USAID and the Ministry of Education since 2011.

  • Civil disobedience in Abyan has disrupted schooling with 12 schools reportedly attacked in March.

  • Suspected cases of measles reported in Hajjah Governorate.

  • 25,000 tons of food to be distributed to 900,000 people in Bani Mtar District of Sana'a Governorate.

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.