UNHCR helps repatriate 25 trapped migrants from Libya to Niger

IOM helps migrants out of Libya to their home countries. (Photo: Archive – Internet)

United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday said that 25 migrants from Niger, including women and children, have been repatriated from the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday to their country.

“The group is heading to Niger as part of a humanitarian evacuation initiative between UNHCR, the Libyan government and the government of Niger.” The UNSMIL said.

It added in a statement that among those 25 refugees, there were 15 women, six men and four children.

The UNSMIL stressed the importance of such humanitarian evacuation “in addressing the need for safe solutions and alternative pathways for the most vulnerable refugees in Libya who are often forced to embark on deadly sea journeys in search of international protection.”

Due to the insecurity and chaos that followed the 2011 uprising, Libya has becomes a major point of departure for illegal immigrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

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