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IOM-sponsored project to help Yemen cope with migration due

IOM-sponsored project to help Yemen cope with migration due

[01/January/2010]



SANA'A, Jan. 01 (Saba) – An EU-funded project is due to start next week in Sana'a that is aimed at bolstering the government's efforts to face mixed migration to the country.

The project would be implemented by the International Organization for Migration with finance from the European Union at € 2 million that would be directed over 18 months for boosting the efforts to preserve the national and regional security as well as protecting the rights of migrants, specifically trafficking-victimized people.

Manager of the project Fawzi al-Zayood said it comes amid a persistent influx of refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom are Africans from Somalia and Ethiopia, who arrive at Yemeni coasts almost in daily numbers.

It will focus on improving management, policies and legislation over migration and border control as well as taking further effective measures to secure borders and enable the concerned authorities to help migrants in Yemen, he added.

The project calls for training human cadres and boosting technical capabilities and infrastructure resources at Yemen sea and land exits and entries to manage the illegal migration into the country and help those passing through Yemen to other countries.

The IOM-suggested project has been designed in response to humanitarian and security challenges caused by migration into Yemen, mainly through the Gulf of Aden, directly linked to organized crime, trading in human and instability in the region and Yemen, he said.

The outcomes are expected to include a framework for legislation and policies for migration management, training about 800 employees working at the migration authority and Border Guard and establishing a fund to provide services for trafficking-victimized migrants under the supervision of the IOM.

Yemen has said that the number of the African refugees who have already landed in its property is over 700.000 people, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians.

This year, about 165, 783 including 114,373 males and 51,410 females, from different nationalities entered Yemen, including those married to Yemeni men and women.

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