Somalia: Puntland Security forces capture more than 200 Ethiopian Immigrants

Published: December 20, 2014
The immigrants are in a Police custody and expected to be deported back
The immigrants ( pictured here) are in a Police custody and expected to be deported back

Puntland Security forces have captured over 200 would be immigrants of Ethiopian nationality who were on a voyage to Yemen to seek asylum, officials confirm.

The 206 immigrants, travelling in overcrowded boats, were apprehended off the coast of Marero village, close to Bosaso city, the commercial hub of the semi-autonomous region.

‘’ They are now held in a custody and will be deported back to their home country,’’ said a Police official.

Every year, Tens of thousands of African migrants risk their lives to try and enter Yemen on unseaworthy boats in search for a better life.

There’s been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths in 2014 than in the last three years combined

According to UNHCR report, Yemen is the only country in the Arabian Peninsula that is signatory to the 1951 refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. It currently hosts 246,000 refugees of whom over 230,000 Somali and a smaller portion of Ethiopian, Eritrean, Iraqi and Syrian refugees. The majority of the refugees have been living in Yemen for many years. Yemen also hosts more than 334,000 Internally Displaced Persons, either forced from their homes as a result of recent conflicts or living in long-term displacement.

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