Report: Abuse of Ethiopian migrants in Yemen

06.11.12

Category: Horn of Africa, Africa

A new and disturbing trend suggests a ‘commoditization’ of migrants who are increasingly being hijacked and held for ransom by criminal gangs as they land on the shores of Yemen, and alarming rates of sexual based violence and the disappearance of migrant women. ‘Desperate Choices’ highlights gross human rights abuses and protection concerns for Ethiopian migrants in Yemen throughout their migration journey and settlement in Yemen.

The report ‘Desperate Choices – conditions, risks and protection failures affecting Ethiopian migrants in Yemen’ is published at a time of unprecedented migration of Ethiopians to Yemen. It highlights gross human rights abuses and protection concerns for Ethiopian migrants throughout their migration journey and settlement in Yemen. What is driving this upsurge in migration to  Yemen? And what realities are Ethiopian migrants facing when they try to settle in Yemen or pass through the country as a transit to the greater Middle East? The report examines aspects of these questions and focuses on key economic and social settlement issues of Ethiopians living in Yemen.

‘Desperate Choices – conditions, risks and protection failures affecting Ethiopian migrants in Yemen’ is a joint publication from the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) and has been launched in Ethiopia and Yemen with RMMS’ founding partners, IOM and UNHCR and other agencies.

Download the report (PDF 1.9MB)

 

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