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

DTM Regional Office Nairobi, DTMRONairobi@iom.int
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Period Covered
May 01 2020 -
May 31 2020
  • Flow Monitoring
  • Migrants presence
  • Mobility Tracking
  • Points of Entry (PoE)


As of May 2020, DTM in the region tracked 6.3M Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 2.9M 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 8 (Mar 2020). The IDP figure for Burundi is as of Round 52 (Apr 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 42% increase in overall movements in May as compared to April; the overall movements, however, represented a decrease of 70% as compared to May of 2019. Arrivals to Yemen also decreased by 31%, as compared to April, and 94% as compared to May 2019 - this is due to restrictions on movement imposed following the COVID-19 outbreak. For the same reason, a large proportion of movements tracked in May consisted of stranded migrants, or nationals moving within the country (31%). No migration movements were tracked along entry locations into Djibouti, though 37 Ethiopian migrants’ arrivals via boat from Djibouti were observed in Yemen near Al-Aarah FMP; this is a 56% reduction from the 85 arrivals in April. In Somalia, 5,399 movements consisting of Ethiopian nationals tracked at FMPs along the border into Somalia, travelling eastward, while 1,158 migrant arrivals from Somalia were tracked in Yemen during May.

  • COVID19