During the month of February 2021, 12,182 movements were observed at flow monitoring points in Djibouti representing a daily average of 435 movements. This is a 62% increase from the 269 average daily movements observed in January 2021.
Of these 12,182 movements, 6% were observed at Obock. This coastal region of Djibouti is used by migrants traveling to the Arab Peninsula, crossing the Gulf of Aden on boats along the Eastern Route.
From January 2020 to June 2020, the number of entries from Djibouti's western borders decreased by 99% due to the closure of Ethiopian borders. Since Djibouti and Ethiopia resumed land services in July, the number of entries from Ethiopia have increased sharply; they went from 504 movements observed in July 2020 to 9,000 in February 2021.
At the same time, due to movement restrictions due to COVID-19 in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, more than 8,879 Ethiopians have returned from Yemen since May 2020. Between May 2020 and February 2021, the number of arrivals from Yemen has been multiplied by eleven, from 109 in May 2020 to 1,227 in Fébruary 2021.