Yemen: UN receives millions of dollars from Refugees and Asylees for its resettlement programs

Illegal immigrants from Somalia walk to the port town of Bossaso March 13, 2008. Human trafficking in the northern Puntland region is a lucrative trade that has received extensive criticism worldwide. People fleeing poverty in East Africa seek better lives in Saudi Arabia through Yemen but fall victims to human-trafficking cartels. Picture taken March 13, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer (SOMALIA)

Sana,a—The United Nations Refugee Agency in Yemen receives millions of dollars from their refugees and asylees in Sana’a, Yemen annually as a fee for its resettlement programs.

Mona Al Hajj and Mohammed Omer, who work as Protection Associates at Community based at UNHCR Yemen receive dozens of people for resettlement every month and charge 3,000 U.S dollars per person through middlemen.

But other service members are working with these local staffers who originally hail from Ethiopia and regard themselves as mixed-race.

This work has become normal in UNHCR’s office in Sana’a and UNHCR office in Geneva failed to address this issue properly.

The Agency said Thursday it is temporarily suspending its programme for the resettlement of refugees


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