Djibouti — Migration Trends Dashboard (July 2023)




DTM Djibouti,
Period Covered
Jul 01 2023
Jul 31 2023
  • Flow Monitoring

In July 2023, 21,573 migratory movements were observed at flow monitoring points (FMPs) in Djibouti, with a daily average of 719 migratory movements. The migratory flows observed in all FMPs remained almost the same in June (21,630) as in July, all experiencing a slight decrease compared to May (22,556). This slight drop in flows in June and July compared to May remains linked to the strong heat which reigns combined with the checks carried out by the Djiboutian coast guard since April 2023.


Of these 21,573 movements, 4,621 (21%) were observed in the Obock region where migrants cross the Gulf of Aden towards the Arabian Peninsula. Migratory flows at Obock FMP remain almost the same in June as as in July (-1%) with a 10% drop compared to May 2023. This drop can be attributed to the amplification of surveillance operations by the Djiboutian coast guards in Obock and due to difficult weather conditions during this period of high winds and rough seas.


Between January and July 2023, arrivals from Ethiopia saw a significant increase of 52% compared to the same period of the previous year, with a total of 74,083 arrivals recorded. Migratory movements were mainly: incoming (53%), transiting to the Arabian Peninsula (32%), transiting inside Djibouti (7%), transiting to Ethiopia (7%) and outgoing (1%) . Spontaneous returns from Yemen have significantly increased by 47%, from 547 in June to 805 in July 2023 due to deportation operations carried out by the Yemeni authorities.