Devastating consequence. Concern over the humanitarian impacts of returning another 500,000 Ethiopians back to the country with endemic poverty, increasing drought and terrible human rights violations.
FELIX HORNE | NEWSWEEK
Saudi Arabia has announced plans to expel migrants working or living illegally in the kingdom. Illegal migrants have been ordered to register their intention to leave with the Saudi authorities by August 24 or face detention, fines and eventual deportation. Continue reading Half a Million Ethiopians Face Saudi Arabia Expulsion
Why were they fleeing to Yemen? Is it because of its proximity and the perception of Yemen as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe? or is there something else?
ELIZA MACKINTOSH | CNN
Refugees and migrants hoping to reach oil-rich Gulf countries — many of them teenagers — are increasingly traversing a dangerous sea route to Yemen, despite the conflict raging there.
The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before.
Continue reading Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen
More than 111,500 migrants landed on Yemen’s shores last year, up from around 100,000 the year before.
IOM staff assist Somali and Ethiopian migrants who were forced into the sea by smugglers. (Photo: UN MIGRATION AGENCY)
Early this morning (09/08), a human smuggler, in charge of the boat, forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the pitching sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea.
The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.
Continue reading Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Deliberately Drowned off Yemen
The impending deportation of 200,000 illegal Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia.
Disaster-struck Ethiopia is on the brink of renewed catastrophe with the impending deportation of 200,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia.
The Ethiopians, who have been living in the Middle East country without residence and work permits, will be repatriated within the next two months, following a 90-day amnesty period to help them leave the country without penalties.
Continue reading Ethiopia Wary of Mass Deportations from Saudi
The search for a better life continues to drive people from the Horn of Africa to Yemen.
Migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia are aware that there is a war in Yemen but decide to embark on the journey anyway. What should be done to stop them from embarking on such a dangerous journey?
| AL JAZEERA IDIL OSMAN
Conflict has been raging in Yemen since 2015, yet people from Somalia and Ethiopia remain undeterred to thread on the perilous routes only to encounter dangerous conditions when they get there. To paraphrase the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, they continue to flee their lands, as home won’t let them stay.
Just how dangerous this journey can be was made clear last month, when a boat carrying 150 Somali refugees was
and a military ship near the Yemeni port of Hodeidah. At least attacked by a helicopter 42 were killed. Continue reading Why are Ethiopians and Somalis Still Fleeing to Yemen?
Ethiopia’s domestic issues must be addressed in order to stem the increasing flow of people out of the country. (Photo: Ethiopian migrants in Yemen)
Ethiopia is a major source country of migrants. A lack of economic opportunities, demographic challenges, food insecurity and rising domestic tensions are all contributing to significant numbers of Ethiopians being on the move.
Although the country has been one of Africa’s top-performing economies for the past ten years and a regular recipient of foreign aid and investment, the general population still faces widespread unemployment and a lack of economic opportunities.
Continue reading Ethiopia’s Increasing Outmigration Highlights Wider Economic and Security Problems