UNHCR concerned over the perilous journey from the Horn of Africa through the Gulf of Aden

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A group of people hoping to reach Yemen wade out to a boat off the coast of Somalia.(© UNHCR/A.Fazzina)

In Yemen, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has recorded more than 62,000 arrivals by sea, so far this year, according to Spokesperson Adrian Edwards.

He says UNHCR remains concerned about the very high numbers of people who are risking their lives by making this perilous journey from the Horn of Africa.

He says Yemen has seen six successive years of high arrivals by sea with a record 107,500 people crossing last year.

Adrian Edwards says the Gulf of Aden remains one of the world's most travelled sea routes for mixed migration –that is, asylum seekers and migrants with most of them being Ethiopians who cite the difficult economic situation at home and often hoping to travel through Yemen to the Gulf States and beyond.

” The crossing from the Horn of Africa to Yemen is one of several deadly sea routes worldwide that we watch closely. Hundreds of people, including Syrian refugees, have died in recent months crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. In Southeast Asia, and as I briefed earlier this week, dozens of people were reported missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal and at this time they are still missing. Among the steps UNHCR takes to address these trends, we encourage cooperation among countries affected by mixed migration.”

UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the agency is supporting the Yemeni Government to organize a conference next week on asylum and migration together with the International Organization for Migration.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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