Yemen is a country of transit for the thousands of migrants who leave the Horn of Africa to try to get to the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, mainly from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia. During the trip and especially in Yemen, these people are victims of traffickers who extort money from them and torture them. Last April, the Yemeni authorities carried out a campaign to release hundreds of migrants held by traffickers and begin to repatriate them to their home countries. Since then, the number of people who voluntarily approach the detention center for migrants seeking repatriation has greatly increased.
The detention center in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, has a maximum capacity of 200-250; the centre currently houses about 750.