In July 2022, IOM Yemen DTM recorded 3,171 migrants entering Yemen, similar to 3,174 in June 2022. In both Shabwah and Lahj DTM has registered a decrease in arrivals since February 2022 although a slight increase has been observed in Shabwah this June compared to the last months. The overall decrease is in part linked to seasonal weather conditions as well as an increase in border patrols from the Djibouti side, especially near Lahj meaning smaller boats with fewer migrants made their way to Yemen. The slight increase in Shabwah can be attributed to the urgent need to send as much as possible of migrants from Bosasso, Somalia to Shabwah, Yemen because the windy season is approaching and it will be difficult for migrants to travel at that period.
Moreover, DTM recorded 4,476 Yemeni returns from KSA during the month of July 2022, compared to 5,895 in June 2022. Between 1 January and 31 July 2022, DTM recorded 34,437 migrants and 39,761 Yemeni migrant returnees to Yemen.
The migrant caseload was around 93 per cent Ethiopian nationals, and around 7 per cent Somali nationals. The migrants are predominantly male (71%), with (20%) women, six per cent boys and three per cent girls also among the travelers.
Through July’s reporting period, 1,622 migrants arrived from Somalia and were recorded about 1,602 at Ber Ali flow monitoring point in Shabwah governorate and 20 migrants at Dhalooma flow monitoring point in Hadramawt governorate. In Lahj governorate, 1,549 migrants arrived from Djibouti, where 764 were recorded at Al Cawhah flow monitoring point (FMP), 540 at Al Makhabbah FMP, 130 at Hasy Eisa FMP, and 115 at Al Azaf FMP.