Yemen tightens security to reduce flow of African migrants

Yemen tightens security to reduce flow of African migrants

Alsahwa Net- Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of the Interior, Ahmed Al-Maisry, instructed on Sunday the Coast Guard Authority to tighten security measures to control flow of the illegal migrants from the Horn of Africa to Yemen.

Although Yemen has been at war since early 2015, the country remains an active route for illegal African migrants seeking better economic opportunities in Saudi Arabia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

It indicated that Yemen recorded in the past year, around 140,000 migrant arrivals, according to the UN reports.

Yemen’s tightened security measures against illegal migration were taken within the country’s health measures against the COVID-19 spread.

Al-Maisry reaffirmed that security forces must reinforce security measures to prevent potential COVID-19 outbreak.

The Yemen Civil Status Authority and Migration and Passports Authority suspended work at their headquarters in Aden and all other branches to control the COVID-19 spread.

Yemen remains until present free of any identified COVID-19 case, according to the local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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