The UNHCR reports that there has been an almost 100% increase in the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants who crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa to Yemen in 2011 compared to 2010. 103,000 migrants are estimated to have made the sea crossing in 2011 compared to an estimated 53,000 in 2010. 130 persons are known to have drowned. Ethiopians now make up the largest nationality making the voyage, accounting for about 75% of the total. Prior to 2009 Somalis were the largest group.
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From the Times of Malta (sources: Home Affairs Ministry and parliamentary replies) and as noted on EASO Monitor:
Nationalities of migrants who arrived last week
- Somalia – 411
- Eritrea – 250
- Ethiopia – 87
- Ivory Coast – 26
- Mali – 16
- Pakistan – 14
- Sudan – 6
- Nigeria – 6
- Yemen – 2
- Mauritania – 1
- Total: 819
Migrants in Malta before Libya crisis
- Held in detention: 79
- Living in open centres: 2,224
- Living in the community: 1,400
- Total: 3,703
Migrant arrivals in previous years
- 2007: 1,702
- 2008: 2,775
- 2009: 1,397
- 2010: 27
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Here is a short AFP article about Father Mussie Zerai who is in frequent contact by satellite phone with African refugees in Libya and with those who are in the process of leaving Libya: “A few steps away from St Peter’s Basilica, an Eritrean Catholic priest is on the phone with boats in the middle of the Mediterranean filled with African refugees fleeing Libya. Mussie Zerai receives calls from satellite phones on the boats and co-ordinates the arrival of hundreds of Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis with Italy’s coast guard and the NATO warships imposing a naval embargo on Libya….”
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Father Zerai’s organisation’s blog: habeshia.blogspot.com/
UPDATE: If you have information about a family member or friend who may be on a boat or if you are seeking information, please consider contacting the Agenzia Habeshia per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo in Italy at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
UPDATE: Click here for 19 April 2011 BBC article.
Several organizations, including Gruppo EveryOne, are making an appeal on behalf of a group of 80 Eritreans who are reportedly being held by traffickers at the Egypt-Israel border. The Eritreans apparently departed Tripoli en route to Israel. This incident provides anecdotal evidence that African asylum seekers are attempting to enter Israel because the Central Mediterranean sea route to Europe has for all practical purposes been closed by the Italian-Libyan push-back practice in effect since May 2009.