Yemen deports 1900 foreigners
Sana’a [Radio RBC] Yemen’s passport and immigration authority deported about 1900 foreigners, including 31 European and 18 Americans, in the period from January to June, 2012, due to illegally residing in the state.
Official statistics cited that most of the deported were Africans, pointing out that the deported number of Ethiopians was 1093.
They indicated that 528 Arabs and 50 others from Asian countries were among the deported.
Interior Ministry had stated that Yemen is hosting about one million Africans, who fled to the country over the past few decades from horn of Africa countries, mostly from Somalia.
The Africans arrived in the provinces of Taiz, Shabwa, Hadramout, Abyan, Hajjah and Hodeida on a daily average of 200-300 people, it said.
“Only 20% of the refugees, mostly Somalis, are usually sent to the Kharaz refuge in Lahj province, while the remaining infiltrate into Yemen cities,” it said.
Yemen has expressed concern about the continuous influx of African refugees, at a time when the country is passing through a crucial turning point after the 2011 mass protests topped the former regime.
According to a press release of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 63,800 refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa arrived in Yemen in the first seven months this year, a 30 percent increase over the same period in 2011.
A spokesperson of UNHCR, Melissa Fleming, said Tuesday that while the number of Somali refugees remains relatively stable, the number of Ethiopians continue to rise. More than 51,000 Ethiopians have arrived in Yemen this year.
Source: Yemen Post