Take a look at a map of the horn of Africa and you will find the Gulf of Aden. According to the UN Centre News, more than 62,000 people have arrived to the coast of Yemen from the Horn of Africa. A midst economic crises in Ethiopia and major political and humanitarian crises in Somalia, many use this sea route as a means to leave the problems of their respective countries.
However, according to the spokesperson for the office of the UN high Commissioner for Refugees, this sea route is one of the deadliest in the world. The UNHCR will be hosting a conference on asylum and migration to “establish a regional plan to help manage mixed migration between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”
Although the UN is working hard to ensure peace efforts in Somalia and surrounding African countries, it is also important to tackle the issue of refugees and migration into other countries.
This conference hopes to tackle multiple social and economic issues, “The objectives of the plan include, saving lives, ensuring better protection systems for asylum seekers and refugees, strengthening law enforcement against smuggling and trafficking networks, increasing funding for assisted-voluntary-returns programs, and raising awareness of the dangers of irregular migration.”