In August 2022, IOM Yemen DTM recorded 6,542 migrants entering Yemen, representing a 106% increase compared to July 2022 (3,171 ). In both Shabwah and Lahj DTM has registered an increase in arrivals compared to the last months. The overall increase is in part linked to decreased security measures by Djibouti coast guards and the good condition of the weather and the sea.
Due to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the challenges in moving towards KSA, many migrants opted to return to the Horn of Africa. DTM teams in Djibouti recorded that during August 2022, a total of 266 migrants took the risky return by boat from Yemen to travel home. Moreover, DTM recorded 5,522 Yemeni returns from KSA during the month of August 2022, compared to 4,476 in July 2022. Between 1 January and 31 August 2022, DTM recorded 40,979 migrants and 45,283 Yemeni migrant returnees to Yemen.
The migrant caseload was around 92 per cent Ethiopian nationals, and around eight per cent Somali nationals. The migrants are predominantly male (67%), with (22%) women, six per cent boys and five per cent girls also among the travelers.
Through August’s reporting period, 3,304 migrants arrived from Somalia and were recorded at Ber Ali flow monitoring point in Shabwah governorate. In Lahj governorate, 3,238 migrants arrived from Djibouti, where 1,723 were recorded at Al Makhabbah flow monitoring point (FMP), 902 at Al Cawhah FMP, 405 at Al Azaf FMP, 100 at Al-Hejaf FMP, 60 at Al-Hajeimah, and 48 at Hasy Eisa FMP.