International Organization for Migration rescues 23 illegal immigrants off the Libyan coast

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that 23 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast on August 11.

The International Organization for Migration tweeted on August 11, “Today, 23 migrants, among them two women and one child were returned to Libya by the coast guard,” IOM tweeted.

The IOM tweet added, “IOM staff who were onsite provided emergency assistance. More than 7,000 migrants were returned to Libya so far this year.”

IOM had been running a Voluntary Humanitarian Return program that arranges the return of illegal immigrants stranded in Libya to their countries of origin. The programme was run by IOM before the country’s borders were closed by the Libyan authorities as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

Illegal immigration has been a major problem concerning Libya as the state of insecurity and chaos in the country post the downfall of former leader Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 has prompted the wave of illegal immigrants from the country who want to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

Despite repeated international cause to close the immigrant shelters in Libya, the shelters remain overcrowded with migrants.

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