Geneva — A growing number of migrants are flocking to Yemen, even as its dire humanitarian crisis deepens, with nearly 150,000 expected to arrive in the war-ravaged country in 2018, the UN said on Tuesday. Yemen remains a major stop on the route for migrants from Africa to wealthy Gulf states, and smugglers are taking advantage of the chaos of the war to evade security checks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. It forecast that migrant arrivals to Yemen would swell 50% in 2018 compared to the 100,000 people who arrived in the devastated country in 2017. “We are confident in forecasting migration arrivals to Yemen, a country at war, will reach about 150,000 people this year,” IOM spokesperson Joel Millman said in Geneva. He described it as “extraordinary and alarming” that so many people were “crossing a dangerous war zone”. Yemen’s conflict, which erupted in late 2014, has brought the impoverished country to the brink of famine, and the UN has described Yemen a...

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