Media Listing April 2015

Global

Migrant smugglers – monsters or saviours?: The article looks at the practice irregular facilitated migration reported to be among the fastest growing lucrative forms of organized criminal activity. It is often argued as the only way to escape poverty and conflict for many who rely on smugglers despite the risks involved. (Open Democracy – 13/04/15)

 New EU approach to Horn of Africa migration sets worrying precedent [opinion]: According to the article, initiatives such as the EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative (Khartoum Process) which will tackle smuggling and trafficking of migrants from the Horn of Africa to the EU, signifies the new trend with EU states in managing migration closer to the countries of origin. (African Arguments – 16/04/15)

 “Instead of resisting migration, let's organise it”: The statement is by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, in the wake of the migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean. Among the potential solutions include; the opening of legal channels which would reduce asylum claims costs as well as reduce human smuggling. (Guardian – 22/04/15)

Forget the ‘war on smuggling’, we need to be helping refugees in need: According to Alexander Betts, the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean can borrow from the Indochinese response to the Vietnam crisis founded on commitments by receiving countries to keep open borders, engage in search-and-rescue operations and provide reception to asylum seekers. Similarly, as a reciprocal commitment by Europe and other nations, resettlement was offered to all recognized refugees and alternative solutions for those not found to be refugees. (Guardian – 25/04/15)

Climate change will increase flow of migrants to Europe: According to the commentary, climate change is one of the key factors driving migration from the region alongside conflict and poverty. Climate change works as a threat multiplier, making unstable situations worse. So, conflicts may spread, forcing people to become refugees. (RTCC – 21/04/15)

 

Djibouti

Refugee influx from Yemen gains pace: As at 6th April, 227 refugees had arrived though they have not made a claim for asylum according to UNHCR. The arrival rate has increased from initial figures of 1 to 20 per day but a lack of fuel has been cited as a reason preventing greater numbers of arrivals. Markazi (4 kilometers from Obock) has been identified as a site for the construction of a new refugee camp. (UNHCR – 06/04/15)

Djibouti struggling with influx of refugees from Yemen [video]: The report details the challenges of Yemeni refugees in Djibouti as their numbers increase as aid contributions remain at levels previous to the crisis. (CNN – 22/04/15)

Journey to Yemen – Escaping Aden with a boatload of refugees: The feature describes the dangerous journey from Yemen to Djibouti and the desperation of Yemenis fleeing conflict and incurring charges of up to USD 300 per person and travelling as many as 60 persons on a single boat. (CNN – 25/04/15)

Refugees flowing out of war torn Yemen: Pictorial feature of refugees from Yemen arriving in Djibouti. (New York Times- 23/04/15)

Europe

1,500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean: Some 1,500 migrants were rescued by Italian Coast guards in the space of 24 hours from 5 different boats on the 4th of April. Among the migrants included 14 children and 5 pregnant women according to reports from authorities.(BBC – 05/04/15)

Arson attack burns down refugee shelter: The attack followed weeks of protest by demonstrators who opposed plans to house 40 asylum seekers in Troeglitz, beginning from May. Since last year Germany has witnessed a rise in anti-immigrant and anti-asylum seeker sentiments, as platforms like PEGIDA gathered thousands in protests organized in cities Dresden, Hannover and Cologne. (Anadolou Agency – 05/04/15)

Europe must stop exporting its migration fears – or face the consequences: Recent months have seen increased calls in Europe to respond to the “migrant crisis” by collaborating with African states. Among the suggestions include; Naval patrols by North African states, refugee reception centers in Africa and political deals. The article argues that what is needed is to reframe migration as a social economic phenomenon as opposed to a security problem. (IRIN – 13/04/15)

Latest deaths on Mediterranean highlight urgent need for increased rescue capacity: expressing concern at the drowning of over 400 migrants, the High Commissioner called for action to prevent future deaths including expanding search and rescue capacities. (UNHCR – 15/04/15)

Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: What can be done? The article reviews proposals already put forward in Europe in response to the increase in migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. Among the solutions suggested; privatization of search and rescue operations, compensation for shipping companies, increased resettlement quotas in EU countries, offshore asylum processing and reducing border controls. (IRIN – 15/04/15)

Italy's migrant crisis intensifies with murder arrests: Italy arrested 15 men on charges of multiple homicide motivated by religious hatred after survivors reported that they had thrown overboard 12 persons. (Thompson Reuters - 16/04/15)

Greece throws open immigration detention centers: The country which has seen migrants enter by sea or land began releasing persons in immigration detention who numbered 3,500 including children. According to the immigration minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou, illegality of the detention and deplorable conditions prompted the government’s decision to release them. The UN supports the government's moves to release the migrants but demanded it be coupled with an assistance program. (SBS News – 17/04/15)

EU needs a new refugee policy [opinion]: The article highlights the current shortfall in mandate that Triton has in comparison to Mare Nostrum which ended last year. Proposals for change in policy include; expansion of search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, review of immigration policy in the EU to allow for migration on economic grounds and a robust insistence on observance of human rights by EU on countries like Eritrea. (Deutsche Welle – 19/04/15)

The Med - One final danger in a migrant's odyssey: The number of migrants who die on the journey to Europe is relatively well documented but much less known is the many who die in the Sahara or Sinai desert. As this article demonstrates, the dangers in the journey including abduction, rape, extortion, detention and other forms of abuse are common on the migrant’s journey. (IRIN – 20/04/15)

Will Europe make migrant crisis worse? The responses by Europe on migrant flows from Africa have seen a shift in focus from the drivers of the migration which is mainly conflict to preventing embarkation of migrant boats in North Africa and other transit countries. (Human Rights Watch – 21/04/15)

The EU 10-point action plan proposed to solve the Mediterranean migrant crisis: The EU action plan consisted of; increased funding for EU border missions such as Triton, capture and destruction of smugglers boats, increased cooperation between EU police, asylum and border agencies, deploy teams from the EU's asylum agency EASO to process asylum applications, fingerprinting of all migrants in EU countries, emergency relocation to ease burden on receiving countries, voluntary project on resettlement in the EU, establish a new return programme for the rapid return of migrants denied residency, engage with Libya's neighbours to stop the flow of people into Libya and deployment of  immigration officers to key countries (Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Niger) to gather intelligence on migration flows. (Press Association – 21/04/15)

Will latest migrant tragedy spur EU into action?: The article reviews the possible alternative solutions to the migrant crisis after the death of at least 700 migrants. Among the challenges faced by Europe include a scale back of rescues despite a growth in the numbers migrating. The availability of a legal channel for migrants to access Europe is proposed to reduce the deaths at sea by decreasing the reliance on the smugglers. (IRIN – 22/04/15)

EU to consider military intervention against migrant traffickers: In a draft statement prepared for the EU leaders’ summit, countries are considering military action by way of identification, capture and destruction of migrant boats before they are used by smugglers. Among the proponents of the plan include Italy who were prepared to take military intervention with the approval of the U.N. (Telegraph – 22/04/15)

EU summit to offer resettlement to only 5,000 refugees: According to a draft statement from the emergency summit in Brussels on 23rd April, only 5,000 resettlement places will be offered to refugees in the EU. (Guardian – 23/04/15)

Australia, Germany discuss migrant crisis: Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, expressed doubts about the possible implementation of Australia’s ‘stop-the-boats’ policy in Europe after meeting with her German counterpart. Australia has been successful in limiting boat tragedies by its policy of not granting asylum to those who make use of people smugglers according to Bishop. (Anadolu Agency – 23/04/15)

Europe's mass migrant graveyard in the Mediterranean [photos]: The photos compiled by Vice News show the migrant rescue efforts and toll in human lives of the boat tragedies which in 2015 has surpassed 1,500 lives. (Vice News – 23/04/15)

“The smuggling business will not go away”: In this excerpt of an interview with the BBC, Ruben Andersson, believes that the EU’s plan to crack down on smugglers and traffickers will not save migrants from the risk of drowning in the Mediterranean. (BBC – 23/04/15)

Italy says 200,000 migrants may arrive by sea this year: According to projections of the Italian Interior Ministry, as many as 5,000 migrants could arrive in Italy from North Africa. Figures normally rise in the spring and summer months but because of growing lawlessness in Libya, the situation is expected to worsen. (Thompson-Reuters – 23/04/15)

Destroy the smuggling market, not the boats:  The article argues that focus on the smugglers and traffickers stems from a misunderstanding of the migrants smuggling business. As evidence from the Spain boat crisis of 2006 shows, the destruction of fishing boats that moved migrants were destroyed, migration increased as local economy was negatively affected. The article proposes removing the incentive of the smuggling enterprise i.e. undercut the business possible through providing legal channels for accessing Europe. (IRIN -24/04/15)

EU to target migrant smugglers: Following a meeting of EU ministers, Operation Triton will have its monthly budget tripled, in response to the increase in deaths on the Mediterranean. Also arising from the meeting is the planned mission to “identify, capture and destroy” migrant vessels which will be run separately from Triton. (EU Observer-24/04/15)

Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum? : In this article the analysis looks at different causes to the increase in migrant figures in 2015 including, conflicts and poverty in countries such as Libya, Syria and Eritrea. A comparative analysis shows that the Central Mediterranean is the main pressure route where deaths have occurred in 2015. Responses of the EU include rules under the Common European Asylum System and principles under the Dublin Regulation. (BBC -24/04/15)

Europe's response-"Face-saving not a life-saving operation": According to Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, John Dalhuisen, the failure to extend the operational will undermine commitments to save lives. This follows the decision to triple funding for operation Triton reached by EU ministers in Brussels. (Amnesty International – 24/04/15)

14 migrants killed by train while walking on tracks in Macedonia: The migrants believed to be from Somalia and Afghanistan killed on 23rd April were part of a group of between 30 to 40 people all in their 20’s. Migrants and refugees using the overland route from Greece to Western Europe believed to be safer than the Mediterranean route walk on railway lines top evade police. (Guardian – 24/04/15)

Mediterranean crisis: EU leaders blasted over 'war on smugglers': Reactions from the European parliament were less than positive to the four priority areas for action, including the destruction of smugglers' vessels before they can be put into use, tripling Triton mission's resources, limiting irregular migration flows and doing more to protect refugees. According to ALDE group president Guy Verhofstadt, a revised asylum system allowing for a humanitarian visa (‘blue card’) would take away the incentive to board migrant boats. (Parliament Magazine – 24/04/15)

Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: According to Amnesty International, rescue missions should be nearer the Libyan coast which is where Italy’s Mare Nostrum did much of its operations. (Thompson-Reuters – 25/04/15)

No military solution to boat migrant crisis: The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, in response to the proposal to take military action by capturing and destroying boats used by traffickers said that the UN is ready to help tackle the problem. He further added that the solution must be holistic and take a look at the root causes for the migration. (Thompson-Reuters – 26/04/15)

Ethiopia

Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia- Where benevolence meets pragmatism: The article documents the approach of the Ethiopian government in refugee management away from encampment policies common in the region. (Strategic Thinking on East Africa – 07/04/15)

Ethiopian migrants drawn to dangerous journey despite risks: The news report shows the willingness of Ethiopian migrants to risk the journey to Europe through Libya despite the dangers most recently the killing of Christian Ethiopian migrants by IS fighters. (Al Jazeera – 25/04/15)

Eritrea

British report discredits Eritreans’ refugee claim: A report by the British Home Office determined that deserters from the Eritrean Army do not have a valid claim for asylum stemming from life-threatening danger in Eritrea, and therefore do not deserve refugee status in other countries. According to the new British Home Office guidelines, National Service in Eritrea no longer constitutes persecution, or degrading or inhuman treatment, nor does it constitute forced labour. (Israel National News – 07/04/15)

Crushing repression of Eritrea's citizens is driving them into migrant boats: Eritreans are the second largest group of asylum seekers in Europe after Syrians. Reasons for this include; low pay in the conscription for national service, abuse, humiliation and threats of imprisonment, practice of a banned religious belief among others. Responses by the EU have been to offer aid but this may entrench the human rights abuses motivating the exodus. According to the article improvement of the democratic space may serve to stem the tide of many would be migrants. (Guardian – 20/04/15)

Israel

Illegal migrants can now opt to leave Israel for African countries: As part of the initiative to encourage illegal work migrants to leave voluntarily, the government will actively encourage migrants detained at Holot detention facility. Any migrant who declines will be transferred to Mishmoret detention facility after a hearing. (Israel Hayom – 01/04/15)

Government set to allocate over USD 14 million to build migrant day care centers: Following the death of 5 infants in the past two months, the Israeli government will over the course of four years establish day care centers for asylum seekers living and working in Israel.(Hareetz – 05/04/15)

Rwanda, Uganda may take in African infiltrators deported from Israel: Eritrean and Sudanese infiltrators will be deported to Uganda and Rwanda and Israel was in the process of conducting talks with both countries with President Kagame of Rwanda confirming that Rwanda had been approached by Israel. The plan is meant to encourage departure from Israel in a safe manner according to the interior minister Gilad Erdan. (Israel National News - 04/04/15)

A Jewish, democratic Israel cannot deport its asylum seekers [opinion]: This article looks at the possible outcome for over 50,000 African asylum seekers in Israel following the approval of a policy that will see them deported to third countries (Rwanda and possibly Uganda). (Hareetz – 07/04/15)

Immigration in Israel, a different story: The article points to the situation of African migrants (economic migrants and asylum seekers) and the changing policy stances of the Israeli state. (World Crunch – 09/04/15)

Kenya

Somali Refugee camps not breeding terrorists – UNHCR: Denying recent accusations from Kenyan officials that Dadaab refugee camp is a breeding ground for Al Shabaab, UNHCR Spokesman in Kenya Emmanuel Nyabera said that there is no evidence against refugees. (Horseed – 07/04/15)

UNHCR says over 2,048 Somali refugees have returned home: UNHR reported in April that so far, 2,048 refugees from Kenya have voluntarily returned to Somalia under the current voluntary return pilot project which kicked off in December 2014. (Xinhua – 07/04/15)

Kenya’s move to suspend remittances to have impact on Somali refugees: In reaction to the terrorist attack on a university in Garissa, the government froze accounts of businesses and halted money transfers on 7th April. Refugees have voiced concerns over the decision as they rely on money transfers to receive remittances from relatives abroad. (Horseed – 09/04/15)

Kenya demands UN removes Dadaab refugee camp: In a statement by the Deputy President, William Ruto, the government has given the UN three months to remove Dabaab refugee camp. This is in response to the terror attack on at a university in which 148 people died. The UNHCR in Kenya said that they were yet to receive any official communication from the government on the relocation. (Reuters – 11/04/15)

Refugees are victims of violence too, so they need our protection, not rejection [opinion]: The article analyses the legal foundations and limitations against forcible repatriation of Somali refugees. The article calls for increased cooperation with Somali community in Dadaab to gather information on criminal activities. (Daily Nation – 13/04/15)

Life in Dadaab [interview]: In the interview, Ben Rawlence discusses the situation in Dadaab refugee camp in the face of government calls for closure as a result of terror attacks in the country. (BBC World Service Radio - 13/04/15)

Forcibly returning refugees is illegal: According to Human Rights Watch, returning refugees to Somalia is “illegal”. The Deputy Director for Africa, Leslie Lefkow said that Kenya is legally obliged to protect them [refugees] until they can go home safely. (Business Day – 13/04/15)      

Repatriation threat alarms Somali refugees in Kenya: Somali refugees residing in Dadaab expressed their concern over the statement over their relocation to Somalia. They are alarmed over the areas still held by Al-Shabaab and the continuing fighting. According to Refugees International, if effected, the relocation would be illegal under both national and international law. (IRIN – 13/04/15)

U.N. asks Kenya not to close refugee camp in wake of Garissa killings: The UN urged the Kenyan government to reconsider closure of Dadaab refugee camp citing that it would be a breach of international law and that large scale returns in Somalia were still not possible. (New York Times -  14/04/15)

40 Ethiopians arrested in Nairobi for being in Kenya illegally: More than 40 Ethiopians were arrested on 14th April in a police operation in Nairobi for being in the country illegally. Police sources said that the men claimed to be headed to South Africa. (The Standard – 15/04/15)

Kenyan lawmakers against forceful repatriation of Somali refugees: In a forum for parliamentarians in the great lakes region, the Senate Speaker, Ekwee Ethuro said that Kenya will abide by international protocols and ensure the safety of refugees who will return home. (Xinhua – 15/04/15)

Over 100 Ethiopians arrested: The 100 consisted of two groups, the first group of 40 earlier mentioned was arrested in Nairobi, and another 74 were arrested along Kenya’s Northern part on the Marsabit – Isiolo highway following reports from the public. All the Ethiopians are believed to be in their 20’s and seeking employment in Nairobi or South Africa. (Xinhua – 15/04/15)

Kenya at risk of 10 billion shilling loss from Dadaab shutdown: If the camp was to be closed down in three months as per the statement by the Deputy President, Kenya could lose 10 billion shillings in foreign currency inflows. Foreign aid is present in Dadaab through United Nations, USA, UK, German funding and more than 30 agencies. It is also according to the article a source of more than 10,000 jobs for Kenyans. (Business Daily – 16/04/15)

‘Somali refugee returns should be voluntary, supported’ UNHCR: In an interview with Raouf Mazou, UNHCR country representative in Kenya, on the demand by the government to relocate Dadaab he stated that any returns must be voluntary and adequately supported to ensure that those returning to their places of origin have access to social services. (The East African – 18/04/15)

Kenya, Somalia, UNHCR form Tri-partite commission: The Tri partite commission will be tasked with overseeing the repatriation of Somali refugees at the Dadaab refugee camp. According to Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for foreign Affairs the commission will help the three parties "discuss ideas" that will see a faster return of refugees to Somalia. (The East African – 21/04/15)

Libya

Survivors tell aid group some 400 migrants drowned off Libya: Survivors of a capsized migrant boat 60 miles off the coast of Libya reported that an estimated 400 people had drowned on the 13th of April. UNHCR estimated the death toll to be higher given the size of the ship. (Associated Press – 14/04/15)

Mediterranean migrant smugglers 'violent and audacious': Many of the migrants smuggled across North Africa are physically and sexually abused. According to MSF, violence is one of the ways used to control migrants. Civil conflict in Libya creates the conditions for violent forms of smuggling (aggravated smuggling) to thrive. (Thompson Reuters – 15/04/15)

Inside a Libyan migrant detention centre: The feature looks at the conditions inside a Libyan migrant detention center in Misrata, where according to the report the figures of detainees are greater than ever before. (BBC – 15/04/15)

Migrant smugglers profit from Libya's chaos: The smugglers normally charge between $400 – 2,500 per person with costs for the boat ranging between $11,000 and 15,000. Smugglers reuse boats recovered from the sea after they are left by the Italian coast guard when they pick up migrants. Nevertheless the trade does not have a centralized hierarchical structure and each smuggler has their own network. (IRIN – 23/04/15)

Smuggling gangs treat African migrants more harshly than Syrians: According to IOM from interviews with survivors, smugglers are more likely to lock Africans in boat holds as opposed to other migrants from the Middle East.  Preferential treatment according to IOM spokesman, Itayi Viriri, Middle Eastern nationals receive preferential treatment, apparently because they higher fees. (Thompson-Reuters – 24/04/15)

Smugglers use social media to lure migrants in the Mediterranean: smugglers in North Africa and Middle East are increasingly using social media tools such as Facebook and Viber among others to recruit clients across the region. Smuggler pages advertise seats on boats from Euro 7,000 and sometimes as high as EURO 10,000 to Europe. (Citi FM – 27/04/15)

Somalia

Somali refugees return home from Yemen: In April, over a hundred Somali refugees arrived in the port of Bossaso. According to a returnee, Somalis have been attacked in Yemen by Houthi supporters mistaking them for Sudanese nationals. (Garowe Online – 01/04/15)

Yemenis fleeing war arrive in Somalia: The UN confirmed the “first groups of Yemeni’s fleeing conflict” arriving on the northern coastline in Somaliland and Puntland. The first group of 32 arrived in Berbera on 28th March. Yemen is still host to more than 238,000 Somali refugees according to UNHCR. (Relief Web - 01/04/15)

Third batch of refugees from Yemen arrive in Bosaso: Two boats arrived on Sunday 5th with over 100 people fleeing the Yemen conflict.  According to the Bosaso port Chief, Mohamed Hashi, Puntland has set its policy on the refugees from Yemen and is ready to welcome them. (Mareeg – 05/04/15)

Over 200 Yemeni returnees arrive in Puntland: 260 returnees arrived in Puntland on the 10th of April fleeing from the violence in Yemen. Earlier the federal government through the spokesman, Ridwan Haji Abdiweli, announced that it would be sending a ship to evacuate Somalis in Yemen. (Horseed Media – 11/04/15)

Puntland receives over 700 refugees from Yemen: The Northwestern state of Puntland received as many as 721 people fleeing violence in Yemen. The arrivals included Yemenis, Ethiopians, Djiboutians, Kenyans and Somalis according to the Internal Affairs Ministry of Puntland. (Garowe Online - 15/04/15)

Yemeni refugees fleeing Saudi air strikes find peace but little else in Somaliland: As conflict escalates in Yemen, more refugees continued to escape the Saudi Arabia - led bombing campaigns. As UNHCR prepared for travel into Mogadishu (in a reversal of flows from years past), refugees in Berbera continued to fend for themselves as the reception centers were still incomplete. (Guardian – 22/04/15)

Somalia Parliament donates money for evacuation of citizens in Yemen: Somali members of parliament donated USD 300,000 for the evacuation of Somalis living in Yemen. (Horseed – 23/04/15)

Somali PM warns of risk risks brought by influx of refugees from Yemen: The Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said that the crisis in Yemen will strain the Somalia economy. UNHCR is preparing for as many as 100,000 in coming months. (The Daily Star -  24/04/15)

Sudan

Joint effort needed on human trafficking: The scale of trafficking trade in Sudan reached USD 3 million per annum in the last two years. This emerged at a meeting of the National Committee to combat Human Trafficking at a workshop to formulate a national strategy for combatting human trafficking. According to the UN, between 1 to 1.5 million immigrants have crossed Sudan and are preparing to depart Libya for Europe. (Sudan Vision – 07/04/15)

South Sudan

South Sudan to grant asylum to refugees in Juba:  515 asylum seekers from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia living in the UN base with IDPs were to receive asylum certificates. According to UNHCR majority of the 515 had expressed an interest to seek asylum. (Radio Tamazuj – 09/04/15)

South Africa

South Africa’s xenophobia problem - dispelling the myths: In this article the myths surrounding xenophobia in South Africa are considered and among them include; the perception that SA is flooded by foreigners, migrant workers are linked to unemployment rates and that a majority of migrants are linked with crime or are a security threat. (IRIN – 21/04/15)

Fearful migrants prefer refugee camps to their homes: Scores of foreign migrants displaced by anti-immigrant attacks have refused to leave the temporary camps in fear for their safety. The violence has affected migrants from other African countries with scores leaving South Africa for Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. (Turkish Weekly – 27/04/15)

United States

Seattle Somalis desperate for way to send money home [interview]: Somali Americans continue to seek solutions to the money remittance challenges after U.S banks halted money transfer services into Somalia. According to a reporter, Liz Jones, over 70% of people in Somalia rely on the remittances some of which assists refugees in camps outside Somalia. (KUOW – 01/04/15)

Uganda

Uganda denies deal with Israel to repatriate migrants: Ugandan officials denied that that a deal has been reached between Uganda and Israel to repatriate immigrants deported from Israel. Uganda’s foreign minister, Okello Oyrem is quoted as saying “I have talked to the minister of Internal Affairs and my permanent secretary and there is no such arrangement unless it is being done illegally”. (Strategic Thinking on East Africa -29/04/15)

Yemen

Fleeing violence at home, Yemeni refugees arrive in Somalia: Dozens of Yemeni refuges arrived in Somaliland and Puntland in contrast to the usual flight of refugees from Somalia. Meanwhile in Somalia concerns were raised over the targeting of Somali refugees in Yemen after Somalia expressed support for the Saudi led airstrikes against Houthi militias. (The Daily Star – 01/04/15)

Yemen conflict leaves nearby countries increasingly stretched as thousands flee: As fighting continues in Yemen, people displaced by conflict flee into the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Somaliland and Puntland) raising fears on the strain on the humanitarian resources by prolonged war. (Guardian – 10/04/15)

UNHCR braces for refugees fleeing Yemen by boat to Africa: UNHCR in a statement said that it was prepared to receive 130,000 refugees escaping the conflict in Africa. UNHCR in Djibouti has contingency plans for receiving 30,000 refugees in a reversal of flow from previous years from the Horn of Africa into Yemen. (UNHCR – 10/04/15)

UN prepares for thousands of Yemeni refugees to flock to Horn of Africa: The UN confirmed that the first group of refuges from Yemen arrived in Djibouti and the autonomous region of Somaliland. The government of Djibouti was preparing for a huge influx according to the UN external relations officer Frederic Van Hamme. (Yemen Times – 06/04/15)

Fighting prompts an exodus from Yemen, often on boats: As fighting in Yemen continues, over 150,000 people have been displaced with many choosing to cross into Djibouti or Somalia by boat (at least 10,000 according to IOM). Passage rates have steadily risen from USD 50 to 200 according to aid workers. (New York Times- 23/04/15)

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