Posts Tagged ‘Illegal Immigrants’

150 migrants in distress returned to Libya’s Al-Khoms port

  • 13 February 2019 - 13:31
150 migrants in distress returned to Libya’s Al-Khoms port

A migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya's coast was in distress with an estimated 150 people on board, activists said on Monday. On Tuesday the migrants on the boat were picked up by a merchant ship and taken back to Al-Khoms in Libya, dpa reports. The migrants on board were...

Canada to take in over 700 illegal migrants from Libya detention centers

  • 9 February 2019 - 12:56
Canada to take in over 700 illegal migrants from Libya detention centers

Canada has announced it will take in 750 refugees from Libya, some rescued from migrant detention centers. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said in a statement that Canada had already resettled more than 150 people, with another 600 anticipated to arrive in the next two...

MSF: Number of migrants returned to Libya “appalling detention centers” growing

  • 24 January 2019 - 14:41
MSF: Number of migrants returned to Libya “appalling detention centers” growing

Over the past two weeks, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Libya have observed a sharp increase in the number of people held in detention centers in Misrata and Khoms. "Most are vulnerable refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers intercepted or rescued at sea...

UN: 144 migrants rescued at sea have been sent to Libya

  • 22 January 2019 - 22:19
UN: 144 migrants rescued at sea have been sent to Libya

More than 140 refugees and migrants rescued at sea have landed in Misrata, Libya, and been taken to a detention centre, the United Nations says. But the UN has made clear it has done so reluctantly. "In Libya's current context, where outbreaks of violence and widespread human rights...

Human Rights Watch criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy

  • 21 January 2019 - 17:17
Human Rights Watch criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy

Human Rights Watch has urged Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The rights group said in a report Monday that unquestioning foreign support for Libya’s coast guard leads to...

About 117 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

  • 20 January 2019 - 15:22
About 117 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to...

Qatar provides $20 million for evacuation of African migrants from Libya

  • 14 January 2019 - 12:38
Qatar provides $20 million for evacuation of African migrants from Libya

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday ordered to set up a fund of 20 million U.S. dollars to evacuate African immigrants in Libya to their home countries. The fund, which will be under the auspices of the African Union (AU), should cover the costs of sending illegal African...

Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recover five immigrants’ bodies off Sirte shores

  • 9 January 2019 - 13:00
Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recover five immigrants’ bodies off Sirte shores

The Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recovered on Tuesday five bodies of immigrants off the shore of Sirte, about 450 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli. The five bodies were recovered in Harawa district in eastern Sirte, the Red Crescent said on its Facebook page. Last December, the Red...

311 migrants arrive in Spain onboard Proactiva Open Arms boat

  • 29 December 2018 - 16:00
311 migrants arrive in Spain onboard Proactiva Open Arms boat

A charity rescue vessel carrying 311 mainly African migrants plucked off Libya docked in Spain Friday, ending a traumatic journey which saw them spending Christmas at sea and several European nations denying the ship entry. The vessel docked in the port of Crinavis near the southern...

UN: Migrants trapped in Libya experience “unimaginable horrors”

  • 20 December 2018 - 17:51
UN: Migrants trapped in Libya experience “unimaginable horrors”

 The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of the High...