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Even if they reopened the airports: Barriers to cross-border movement expose Yemenis to repeated internal displacement

Building upon years of instability, the escalation of the war in Yemen in 2015 plunged the country into the worst humanitarian crises of recent times. More than 80 per cent of the population is in need of aid, and millions have been internally displaced. Given the scale of the crisis, comparatively few Yemenis have sought refuge abroad. 

This study – part of the our Invisible Majority thematic series – seeks to better understand the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movement. It explores the emigration environment and migration interface within which aspirations and abilities for cross- border movement are defined, and assesses the return outlook of displaced Yemenis.