UNHCR steps up efforts to stem Gulf of Aden crossings as numbers mount
UNHCR News Stories, 22 May 2009
“[***] Statistics show ever greater numbers of people are risking their lives in order to reach safety or the chance of a better life. The number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching Yemen in the first quarter of 2009 increased 30 per cent over the same period in 2008, a year when about 50,000 people successfully made the journey.
“In response, UNHCR has stepped up its efforts to deter people from getting on the smugglers’ boats in the main departure point of Bossasso, a crowded commercial town in Somalia’s northeast Puntland region with large slum areas hosting displaced people and migrants. [***] Before 2007, the majority of those reaching Yemen were young Ethiopian men hoping to find work in the Gulf States or in Europe. Today they are outnumbered by Somalis seeking to escape the violence and insecurity plaguing that country.”
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