Yemen Emigration and Immigration

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Finding the Town of Origin in Yemen[edit | edit source]

If you are using emigration/immigration records to find the name of your ancestors' town in Yemen, see Yemen Finding Town of Origin for additional research strategies.

Yemen Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.

Immigration into Yemen[edit | edit source]

  • Yemen was divided between the Ottoman and British empires in the 1800s. South Yemen remained a British protectorate as the Aden Protectorate until 1967 when it became an independent state.
  • An estimated 100,000 people of Indian origin are concentrated in the southern part of the country, around Aden, Mukalla, Shihr, Lahaj, Mokha and Hodeidah.
  • Most of the prominent Indonesians, Malaysians, and Singaporeans of Arab descent are Hadhrami people with origins in southern Yemen in the Hadramawt coastal region.
  • Yemen hosted a population of refugees and asylum seekers numbering approximately 124,600 in 2007. Refugees and asylum seekers living in Yemen were predominantly from Somalia (110,600), Iraq (11,000), Ethiopia (2,000), and Syria.[1]

Emigration From Yemen[edit | edit source]

  • In the United Kingdom there are between 70,000 and 80,000 Yemenis. An estimated 10,000 Yemenis in Birmingham, making about 1% of the city's population.
  • Other Yemenis also reside in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the former USSR. Over 20,000 Yemenis reside in the United States, and around 3,000 live in Italy.
  • A smaller number of modern-day Pakistanis are of Yemeni descent, their original ancestors having left Yemen for the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia over four centuries ago.
  • Due to the conflict in Yemen, many have migrated to the northern coasts of Djibouti and Somalia. In 2017, Djibouti was home to over 40,000 Yemeni refugees.
  • Almost 350,000 Yemenite Jews live in Israel. [2]

Records of Yemeni Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Yemen: Ethnic Groups", in Wikipedia,, accessed 16 July 2021.
  2. "Yemeni diaspora", in Wikipedia., accessed 16 July 2021.