Census on refugees in Yemen [Archives:2004/742/Front Page]

May 31 2004

Mohammed bin Sallam
Press and media reports have confirmed that a commission, formed from various related authorities concerned with refugees, began on Saturday 29, May 2004 a project to register refugees in Yemen.
This project, in cooperation with UNHCR office in Sana'a, will be carried out in four stages during a period of 13 months.
Field trips have been made to 12 provinces in 11 governorates of the Republic that expected to have large numbers of refugees. Press reports indicated that more then 49 thousand refugees have been registered, of which 47 thousand are Somalian.
The ongoing project is being conducted in accordance with the 1951 Agreement and 1967 Protocol on Human Rights, which Yemen signed in 1980. It aims to determine the exact number of refugees in Yemen eligible for refugee status as stipulated by International Refugees Laws.
It is worth mentioning that there is a refugee camp in Kharaz region, situated near the Bab Al-Mandib Strait, consisting of 10,500 Somalia refugees, in addition to 800 Ethiopian refugees. Many of the refugees there encounter difficult living conditions and a scarcity of services facilities, and continue to flee from this camp toward Yemeni cities hoping for better living conditions.