When comparing the number of migrants arriving in Yemen in March 2020 with those in March 2019, there is a decline of nearly 50 percent
IOM: Coronavirus pandemic leading to fewer African migrants to Yemen
The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement released Sunday that there has been a significant decrease in the number of migrants traveling from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Gulf via Yemen as a result of the coronavirus.
Between January and March 2019, nearly 37,000 migrants crossed the Gulf of Aden to reach Yemen, and in the first quarter of this year, fewer than 28,000 migrants made the same journey, IOM said.
When comparing the number of migrants arriving in Yemen in March 2020 with those in March 2019, there is a decline of nearly 50 percent.
Migrants along the way face serious protection and human rights risks.
According to the organization, more than 138,000 people crossed the Gulf of Aden last year by boats, the vast majority of them Ethiopian citizens heading to Saudi Arabia in search of work.