Libya and IOM send 142 Guinean illegal immigrants back home

First group of migrants coming from Libya arrive in France (Photo: Archive-Internet)

142 illegal migrants were deported on board a flight back to Guinea on Wednesday with the assistance of the UN International Organisation for Migration, officials reported.

The repatriation comes as Libya steps up efforts to send back illegal immigrants to their countries of origin to ease severe overcrowding in its detention centres.

The International Organization for Migration flew the Guinean migrants from two western cities to the city of Misrata, from where they boarded a plane for Conakry.

The number of people stuck in Libyan detention centers has risen dramatically this year after armed groups largely shut down the boat route to Italy from the smuggling hub of Sabratha.

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