U.N. to move 10,000 migrants from Libya in 2018

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Libya have served as a channel of departure to poverty into Europe since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. This has lead to the death of hundreds of migrants especially women and children who face such risk of diseases and death.

In line with this, the United Nations plans to move up to 10,000 illegal migrants from Libya next year, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday, this is a move to reduce the sufferings of thousands stranded in deteriorating conditions in detention centres in Libya.

But activists say the push has led to worsening of conditions in detention centres, where Human Rights Watch and other groups say migrants face overcrowding, abuse, lack of medical facilities and a shortage of food. Reuters reports.

Roberto Mignone, chief mission of the U.N. refugee agency, said.

“This week we are going to send out of Libya 350 refugees, until the end of January we will send out at least 1000,” he told Reuters in an interview...In 2018 we are planning to send out of Libya between 5,000 to 10,000 refugees. We give priority to women, children, elderly, disabled, persons who suffered very seriously..A total of 44,306 had been registered as refugees and asylum seekers in Libya, he said.''
Though the move will be in partnership with African countries willing to take them back while  talks are also ongoing with some European countries and Canada to take in some refugees,  

Though Libyan officials have denied abuses and say they are simply overwhelmed by a surge in arrivals amid little funds to accommodate them as public finances have been hit by a loss of oil revenues.In November, Libya’s U.N.-backed government said it was investigating the report and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. But it has struggled to make an impact as the country is effect controlled by armed factions.

The issue of repatriations has got higher attention abroad since CNN published a video showing what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400.

source :  Reuters.com

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