East And Horn of Africa — Monthly Regional Snapshot (April 2020)

DTM Regional Office Nairobi, DTMRONairobi@iom.int
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Period Covered
Apr 01 2020 -
Apr 30 2020
  • Flow Monitoring
  • Migrants presence
  • Mobility Tracking
  • Points of Entry (PoE)


As of April 2020, DTM in the region tracked 6.3M Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 2.8M Returnees, as reported during the last round of DTM assessments for each country, or through secondary data sources.  The figures of IDPs and returnees for Ethiopia are as of Round 21 (Feb 2020),  and the figures for South Sudan are as of Round 7 (Nov 2019).  The IDP figure for Burundi is as of Round 51 (Mar 2020). Displacement figures for Kenya and Uganda were reported as of December 2019. While DTM coverage is being expanded in Somalia, the IDP figure indicated on this map is the most up-to-date data available shared by the Information Management Working Group - Technical Working Group (IMWG-TWG) and endorsed by the National Commission for Refugees and IDPs (NCRI) in Somalia, as of February 2018. 

There was a 50% reduction in overall movements in April, as compared to March; due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many border ports have been closed with movements restricted since the last week of March. In April, arrivals to Yemen decreased by 76%, as compared to March. Of the overall movements observed across all routes, most were tracked along the HoA route (90%). A large proportion of movements tracked in April consisted of stranded migrants, or nationals moving within the country; only 225 movements consisting of Ethiopian and Somali nationals were tracked along entry locations into Djibouti, likley intending to travel along the Eastern route.. In Ethiopia, 1,105 outgoing movements were tracked, most (78%) of which were Ethiopians, travelling towards the Arab Peninsula via Djibouti and Somalia. In Somalia, 3,939 movements consisting of Ethiopian nationals tracked upon entry into Somalia, travelling eastward.

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