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  • Empowering Government and Civil Society in Yemen to Address Mixed Migration


    IFS 2009/220-714 - Instrument for Stability (IfS)




    International Organisation for Migration (IOM)




    From 01/07/2009 to 01/07/2011


    Relevant Government Ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs (MIA), the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MoSAL), the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other members of the Mixed Migration Task Force (MMTF)

    Objectives and results

    Lunched by the IOM office in Sana'a, this comprehensive programme was intended to help the Government and civil society in Yemen to address the challenges linked to the massive influx of highly vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers who travel the Gulf of Aden route and regularly arrive along the Yemeni coast. It aimed to better protect the rights of all persons involved in migration, including victims of trafficking and to address irregular migration and human trafficking.

    As part of the programme, IOM trained law enforcement officials to identify and assist victims of trafficking and other vulnerable persons amongst migrants arriving in or transiting through Yemen. IOM worked as well with the Yemeni government to set up adequate administrative, legislative and technical procedures to administer its land and sea borders.

    Last year, an estimated 74,000 Africans, mainly from Ethiopia and Somalia, survived the dangerous sea journey across the Gulf of Aden. More than 300 are said to have drowned, with many more suffering beatings and rape at the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.


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    Further information

    Fawzi Al-Zioud at IOM Sanaa, Tel: 00 967 73 49 88 582, Email:


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