DTM Yemen - Flow Monitoring Datasets - February 2024


Public Dataset


IOM DTM Yemen, iomyemendtm@iom.int
  • Flow Monitoring
  • Mobility Tracking
  • Baseline Assessment
Period Covered
Feb 01 2024 -
Feb 29 2024
In February 2024, IOM Yemen DTM recorded 1,744 migrants entering Yemen, an increase of less than one per cent compared to last month (1,737). Shabwah typically serves as an entry point for migrants from Somalia and rarely sees migrants departing from Djibouti due to the considerable distance between Djibouti and Shabwah. Thus, Shabwah was the arrival destination for all migrants departed from Bari, Somalia (1,744). The overall number of migrants entering through Shabwah has increased by less than one per cent in February (1,744) compared to January 2024 (1,736).

According to DTM, conflict-induced movements constituted 56 per cent of all incoming movements in February 2024. These movements were exclusively observed in Shabwah, originating from Bari, Somalia (22% children, 21% women, and 58% men).

DTM observed a decrease in Yemeni returnees by 39 per cent in February (3,116) compared to January (5,148). This decrease might be attributed to the fact that more people travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia annually to perform the Omrah during the months of Sha'aban and Ramadan. This results in heavy crowding at Al-Wadea'ah land border and causes the Saudi authorities to concentrate more on those entering the country irregularly than on the process of deportation.

The deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Yemen has forced many migrants to make the difficult decision to return to their home countries in the Horn of Africa. Others are reported to have been deported by authorities. DTM recorded that in February 2024, a total of 2,326 migrants either opted to take the risky journey back or were deported by boat from Yemen. This group consisted of 92 per cent men, 4 per cent women, and 4 per cent children.

Additionally, the Djibouti DTM team documented that during the same period, 1,730 migrants (1,570 males and 160 females) embarked on a dangerous journey back home by boat from Yemen. These numbers highlight the significant challenges faced by migrants in Yemen and the desperate situations that have driven them to undertake perilous voyages across the sea.
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