African immigration hits five-year low [Archives:2006/961/Local News]

July 3 2006

SANA'A, July 4 ) An official source at the Refugees Commissariat in Sana'a said that illegal immigration of Africans petered off during the last month, reaching its lowest level in five years.

The number of illegal immigrants in Yemen did not exceed 11 persons last month, even though Somalia is troubled with war, which was previously the main cause for migration, according to an article in Yemen News. The source at the Refugees Commissariat said that the slowdown is attributable to rough seas and a relatively high tide level that occurs from June to October.

The number of African immigrants reached 41 last June. The source said that the let up is on transitory and that inflow of immigrants to Yemen will increase once the season of high tides and rough seas ends in October.