The ongoing Yemen Crisis has been called the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis. A civil war that has stretched on for years has taken a devastating toll on the country and its people. According to the United Nations (UN), at least 7,000 civilians have lost their lives and another 11,000 have been injured in the fighting, with most of the civilian casualties being the result of air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition of fighters.
The growing instability in the country has caused a devastating famine. 10 million Yemenis are “food insecure” and another 10 million are “severely food insecure.” In other words, two-thirds of the population is at risk of starvation. There have been reports of the slaying of humanitarian aid workers sent to the region to distribute food, medicine, clothing, and other necessities. The Yemen Crisis has become so drastic, Pope Francis visited Abu Dhabi to promote peace, in what was his first papal visitation to the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemeni Asylum Seekers Facing Trials & Tribulations
To escape the deadly civil war, thousands of Yemenis are crossing borders in hopes of being granted asylum elsewhere. Success has been mixed for these asylum seekers. There are stories of some being accepted in Canada, a far cry from their home country, but most are still feeling uncertain and unstable.
Hundreds of Yemenis arrived on the relatively small island of Jeju, South Korea, in 2017 with tourist visas. As those expired, they attempted to file for asylum. However, South Korea’s strict immigration laws have left them virtually stranded without a sign as to how the situation there will conclude. Protests from South Koreans have been heated, demanding the immediate removal of the Yemenis on Jeju.
Yemen is one of the seven countries on the Trump Administration’s travel ban list. It was placed on the list for reasons related to terrorist activities in the country. While asylum seekers are theoretically exempt from the ban, they have still encountered resistance, delays, and a generally discouraging immigration system.
Call (415) 300-2144 for Powerful Legal Counsel in Your Asylum Case
The Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden proudly extends our legal services to Yemeni asylum seekers. Our San Francisco immigration lawyers can help you file for asylum and prevent removal, but you have to act quickly. Asylum cases can be dismissed if the filing occurs more than a year after you arrived in the United States. There is no time to lose. We want to keep you here in the safety of the U.S. and away from the Yemen Crisis.
Our attorneys are highly-familiar with the Yemen Crisis and the difficult situation it has created for Yemini asylum seekers. We have already extended our legal services to a number of Yemeni people who have come to the United States to find a safer, better life as they deserve. From our offices in San Francisco and Sacramento, we can assist with your asylum case originating from any corner of the country. Contact our firm to see how we can help you and your family through this difficult time.
- BBC News: Yemen Crisis: Why is There a War?
- Human Rights Watch: Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Shelled, Starved
- Politico: Why these 7 Countries are Listed on Trump’s Travel Ban
- Time: Pope Francis Calls for End to Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
- TRT World: What are 500 Yemeni Refugees Doing on a Tiny South Korean Island?