IOM: 680.000 migrants identified in Libya in May 2018

A shot of the living conditions inside a detention centre in Libya. Credit: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that an estimated number of 680,000 illegal immigrants were identified in Libya till May 2018.

“In May 2018, IOM Libya identified 679,897 migrants in Libya from 42 nationalities, 8% of them are minors,” the IOM said Friday.

“The top 5 nationalities were Nigerian, Egyptian, Chadian, Sudanese and Ghanaian. Together these nationalities account for up to 65% of Libya’s migrant population,” it added.

Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal immigrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe

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